February 1982

Calcification of Meckel's Diverticulum

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Temple, Tex

Arch Surg. 1982;117(2):248. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1982.01380260114018

To the Editor.—Meckel's diverticulum is a gastrointestinal anomaly that affects 2% of the population. Complications include inflammation, hemorrhage, and intestinal obstruction. We studied what we believe is a previously undescribed form of Meckel's diverticulum: calcification of the diverticular wall.

Report of a Case.—A 15-year-old boy was referred to the Scott and White Clinic, Temple, Tex, after a brief episode of sharp, cramping abdominal pain. The episode lasted only a few hours and disappeared without specific therapy, but abdominal roentgenograms taken at a local emergency room during the episode showed a calcified mass in the pelvis. Results of physical examination suggested a fullness in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, and a computed tomographic scan demonstrated a shell-like calcification, 2.5 cm in diameter, in the right midpelvis (Figure).

At the time of laparotomy, a hard, white, spherical mass was found adhering to the antimesenteric border of the terminal

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