Are Meckel's diverticulum ulcers serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

By itself, a Meckel's diverticulum is not serious and only results in complications for 4.2 percent of those who it affects. But when you start developing Meckel's diverticulum ulcers, the situation can get serious. Most times the presence of ulcers allows early detection and calls for speedy removal. In some cases, people with rectal bleeding because of their ulcers need blood transfusions or iron replacements.

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