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July 14, 1923


Author Affiliations

Surgeon-in-Chief, Geisinger Memorial Hospital DANVILLE, PA.

JAMA. 1923;81(2):99-101. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650020017007

There are surgeons of wide experience who have never seen that curious embryologic remnant referred to as Meckel's diverticulum. Certainly, many have never had occasion to remove it, so infrequently is it present and so rarely involved in disease. Yet most surgeons whose work necessitates their performing a large number of laparotomies will find this organ the seat of inflammation or the cause of intestinal obstruction at least once or twice in every thousand or fifteen hundred patients suffering from abdominal symptoms and on whom they are called to operate. When it is found, the discovery usually excites the interest of all those who surround the table and, as a rule, is considered sufficiently remarkable to prompt the calling in of all those in immediate touch with the operating room that they may not miss the opportunity of viewing this anatomic curiosity.

Meckel's diverticulum usually occurs as a finger-like projection