The Pulse | Friday, December 7, 2018
Word of the Week: Meckel’s Diverticulum
For this week’s Word of the Week, we are highlighting “Meckel’s Diverticulum.” As always, all of the terms and definitions are sourced from our very own SGNA GI/Endoscopy Nursing Review Course Certification Study Manual, 3rd Edition (2016).
Meckel’s Diverticulum: A congenital anomaly of GI tract causing an out pouching of the ileum.
- May be asymptomatic
- Painless rectal bleed
- Abdominal pain
- Bilious/feculent vomiting
- 24-40% with intestinal obstruction due to volvulus or intussusception
- Meckel's diverticulum was first explained by Fabricius Hildanus in the 16th century and later named after Johann Friedrich Meckel, who described the embryological origin of this type of diverticulum in 1809.