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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 139-141

Carcinoid of the Meckel's diverticulum: Case report and review of literature

1 Department of Surgery, College of Medicine and King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Radiology, Jinnah Hospital and Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan

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Salman Y Guraya
College of Medicine and King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, PO Box 286896, Riyadh 11323
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-3767.29755

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We report a 19-year-old female admitted to the Emergency Room with excruciating right lower abdominal pain of 1-day duration. The abdominal examination revealed a soft, lax abdomen with rigidity and guarding in her right iliac fossa without abdominal defense. Apart from a leukocytosis of 18.3/mm3, the rest of her baseline investigations and imaging, including abdominal X-rays, abdominal and pelvic ultrasound and abdominal CT scan were unremarkable. Patient's persistent pain prompted the treating surgeon to undertake exploratory laparotomy, which disclosed an inflamed Meckel's diverticulum and a normal-looking appendix. Meckel's diverticulectomy along with appendectomy was performed. The histopathological report demonstrated carcinoid tumor in the Meckel's diverticulum with free resection margins, whereas appendix was reported to be normal. The patient had an uneventful recovery and was discharged home on the sixth postoperative day.

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