Meckel’s diverticulum is a pouch of tissue in the wall of the small intestines. The pouch forms in a baby before birth. It’s made of tissue that is like stomach tissue and can make digestive juices and acid. The acid can cause sores and bleeding in the intestines. The pouch can also cause a blockage in the intestines.
The exact cause of Meckel’s diverticulum is not known.
Meckel's diverticulum doesn't always cause symptoms. When it does cause symptoms, they may include:
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and examine your child. Tests may include:
Since Meckel's diverticulum may or may not cause symptoms, it can be diagnosed at any age.
If Meckel’s diverticulum does not cause any problems, it may not be found and your child doesn’t need treatment. If your child has bleeding from the diverticulum, treatment may include:
Follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your child’s healthcare provider. Ask your provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.