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What increases my risk for a Meckel's diverticulum ulcer?

Your risk for developing a Meckel's diverticulum ulcer depends upon whether or not you have a Meckel's diverticulum pouch; only about 3 percent of babies are born with them. Researchers have found that a Meckel's diverticulum usually creates problems like ulcers in men rather than women. However, your risk of developing complications is rather small, since only 4.2 percent of individuals with a Meckel's diverticulum develop complications like ulcers.

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