How is a Meckel's diverticulum ulcer diagnosed?

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It is difficult to diagnose a Meckel's diverticulum, especially in adults, because the condition mimics so many other conditions, like appendicitis. However, doctors first consider a Meckel's diverticulum ulcer based on symptoms like rectal bleeding and stomach discomfort. Doctors can confirm their hunches by looking for inflammation of the pouch, blockage of the intestine, or by performing a radionuclide scan. In a radionuclide scan, the doctor injects a radioactive liquid into your body. You have a diverticulum if the liquid is recognized by the pouch.

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