Published: 2022-02-28

Torsion of giant Meckel’s diverticulum causing acute small bowel obstruction

M. S. Kalyan Kumar, Vijayalakshmi V., Sabari Girieasen M., Deepika S., Kannan R.


Meckel’s diverticulum occurs in 2% of the population and is the most common congenital anomaly of the small intestine. It is the only true diverticulum of the small intestine and occurs due to the persistence of a part of the vitello intestinal duct that does not undergo normal obliteration by the fifth to ninth week of gestation. Though the majority are clinically silent, there is a 4-6% lifetime risk of complications. Axial torsion is the rarest complication associated with Meckel’s diverticulum and its coexistence with intestinal obstruction is largely unheard of with reported cases being few and far between. Here we discuss one such case of axial torsion of a giant Meckel’s diverticulum associated with intestinal obstruction in an adult male.


Meckel’s diverticulum, Axial torsion, Intestinal obstruction

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