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February 1969

Endometriosis, Mucocele, and Regional Enteritis of Meckel's Diverticulum: An Unusual Case Report and Experiences in 111 Cases

Author Affiliations

Harrisburg, Pa
From the Harrisburg Hospital Institute of Pathology and Research, Harrisburg, Pa. Dr. Won is now at Kingston General Hospital, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Arch Surg. 1969;98(2):209-212. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1969.01340080101021

Although Fabricus Heldanus in 1598 first described an unusual ileal diverticulum, the first description of its embryology and morphology which now bears his name was made in 1809 by Johann Frederich Meckel. The Meckel's diverticulum is a developmental remnant of the omphalomesenteric duct and the majority were found incidentally during laparotomy or autopsy.

In reviewing the complications of Meckel's diverticulum, its association with regional enteritis seems sufficiently rare to merit a report. Endometriosis of Meckel's diverticulum, to my knowledge, has never been described in the literature.

This paper deals with this unusual case report and brief review of our experiences with Meckel's diverticulum both from autopsy and clinical material.

Report of a Case  A 41 year-old white nulliparous housewife was admitted to Harrisburg Hospital with the chief complaint of lower abdominal pain associated with diarrhea for five weeks. She first noticed right lower quadrant pain which was rather vague in