Meckel's diverticulum is a small pouch on the wall of your baby's small intestine. The pouch is a congenital defect. This means your baby was born with it.
The pouch was part of your baby's digestive system before he or she was born. The digestive system changes by the time of birth, and the old system is absorbed into the baby's body. But sometimes a part of it is not absorbed before 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, such as 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.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care Medicine
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