Journal of Surgical Technique and Case Report

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Carcinoid Tumor in Accidental, Asymptomatic Meckel’s Diverticulum

Z Baranyai, V Jósa, K Merkel, Z Zolnai


Although Meckel’s diverticulum is the most common congenital gastrointestinal disorder, it is controversial whether asymptomatic diverticula in adults should be respected. The authors report the case of a patient who was operated due to ileus caused by adhesions and a Meckel’s diverticulum without any sign of inflammation was accidentally noted and removed. As a surprise, the pathological examination of the diverticulum proved carcinoid tumor, a neuroendocrine malignant tumor. The case raises the importance of the removal of asymptomatic Meckel’s diverticulum.

Key words: Carcinoid tumor, ileus, Meckel’s diverticulum
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