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A Meckel's diverticulum is a small pouch on the wall of the small intestine. It is a part of the fetal digestive system. Most often it's absorbed by your body before you are born.
But some people still have this small pouch as they grow older. Very few people ever have symptoms or problems because of it. If you have this pouch but you have no symptoms, your doctor will watch for any problems. If it starts to cause symptoms, such as belly pain or blood in your stools, you may need surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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