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Meckel's diverticulum is a small pouch on the wall of your baby's small intestine. The pouch is a birth defect. This means your baby was born with it.
The pouch was part of your baby's digestive system before birth. The digestive system changes by the time of birth. Your baby does not need the pouch now. If the pouch doesn't cause any problems, it doesn't need to be treated.
Sometimes the pouch can cause problems with the intestines, such as bleeding and blockage. The pouch may need to be removed.
Your baby may need special care. This includes being in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This may be scary for you. But the hospital staff understands this. They will explain what happens and will answer your questions.
If the pouch causes problems, your baby will be watched carefully and given fluids, nutrition, and medicines. Surgery may also be needed to remove the pouch. Your baby will be asleep during surgery.
Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Brad W. Warner MD - Pediatric Surgery
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