A review of the literature on Meckel's diverticulum and a search through the surgical files of the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital reveal a particular significance to the finding of this congenital anomaly at routine operations on the abdomen—a significance not so striking because of the incidence of the anomaly as in its production of symptoms which mimic those of other acute abdominal conditions. In but comparatively few instances has a diverticulum been the specific surgical indication, and all too frequently the symptom complex of acute diverticulitis has been interpreted in terms of other gastro-intestinal conditions.
Since first described by Johann Friedrich Meckel in 18091 and 1812,2 numerous records of the occurrence of the diverticulum have been made, but it appears to have been encountered in most cases as an incidental finding during laparotomy or at necropsy. This point of view is borne out by recent
B. A. GOODMAN. MECKEL'S DIVERTICULUMITS INCIDENCE AND SIGNIFICANCE IN ROUTINE OPERATIONS ON THE ABDOMEN. Arch Surg. 1938;36(1):144–162. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1938.01190190147010