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December 1932


Arch Surg. 1932;25(6):1152-1156. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1932.01160240144012

It is well said that medical and pathologic curiosities often become of sufficient importance to be considered of practical interest. It is certain that the list of complications arising in Meckel's diverticula is daily becoming a larger and more impressive compilation. Over twenty-seven years ago, Porter1 collected 184 cases of Meckel's diverticula exhibiting pathologic complications. Since that time there has been a steady and rapid rise in the reported cases, with complications ranging from ulcers of the mucosa with perforation (heterotopia of the gastric mucosa) to primary bizarre neoplasms.

Previously reported by Ruysch2 in 1701, it remained for Meckel,3 in 1809, to describe more fully this congenital remnant and to further the theory of its origin in the remains of the omphalomesenteric duct. According to Christie,4 this pouch is encountered in about 1 per cent of all persons, and is seen in the proportion of 75