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Case Report  |   July 2000
Carcinoid tumor in Meckel's diverticulum: laparoscopic treatment and review of the literature
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Gastroenterology / Pediatrics
Case Report   |   July 2000
Carcinoid tumor in Meckel's diverticulum: laparoscopic treatment and review of the literature
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2000, Vol. 100, 432-434. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2000.100.7.432
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2000, Vol. 100, 432-434. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2000.100.7.432
Abstract

Meckel's diverticulum is a common anomaly of the small intestine that occurs in approximately 2% of the population, often found incidentally at the time of abdominal exploration. Carcinoid tumors in a Meckel's diverticulum have been reported in only 111 cases. The author describes a patient who presented for elective cholecystectomy and who during laparoscopy was found to have an abnormal-appearing ileal diverticulum. The resected specimen contained a carcinoid tumor. The decision-making process in treating these patients is reviewed along with a discussion of the laparoscopic treatment of intra-abdominal pathologic conditions found incidentally at the time of elective surgery.