Meckel's diverticulum is the most prevalent anomaly of the gastrointestinal tract, found in about 2% of the general population. Most are asymptomatic; but most frequent complications are intestinal obstruction, diverticulitis and lower gastrointestinal bleeding. A 33-year-old man was operated on for mechanical small bowel obstruction caused by a large Meckel's diverticulum filled with a phytobezoar. This mechanism of obstruction is rare. When the history of a patient without previous intestinal operations, as in this case, raises the possibility of phytobezoar, the probability of congenital anomaly is high.
|Pages (from-to)||225-227, 286|
|State||Published - Oct 1994|