Presentation of perforated Meckel's diverticulum and phlegmon: A case report

Document Type

Case Report


General Surgery


One of the most frequently encountered congenital anomalies of the gastrointestinal tract is the Meckel's diverticulum. Perforation of the diverticulum, a rare complication, can significantly hinder accurate diagnosis of the condition. Other common complications associated with Meckel's diverticulum include intestinal obstruction, intussusception, volvulus, inflammation, and hemorrhage. The presentation is similar to the presentation of appendicitis at times. Formation of a phlegmon around a perforated Meckel's diverticulum can mask clinical signs and symptoms. We present a case of a 59-year-old man who presented with pain in the right upper and lower quadrants. After imaging, the patient underwent exploratory laparotomy, which revealed a perforated Meckel's diverticulum. This case highlights the importance of considering Meckel's diverticulum as a possible diagnosis in patients presenting with acute abdominal pain. A thorough approach to history and physical exam combined with imaging can help in the early diagnosis of a perforated Meckel's diverticulum.


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The Cureus Journal of Medical Science