Small Bowel Diverticula

Hadley K.H. Wesson, Karen R. Natoli, James E. Harris, Michael E. Zenilman

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Small bowel diverticular disease occurs in 0.3% to 20% of the population and is much less common than large bowel diverticular disease, which is present in 15% to 40% of adults. Of those with small bowel diverticula, only 4% will develop symptoms. Despite these relatively low statistics, it is nevertheless important for the general surgeon to have a firm understanding of small bowel diverticular disease when considering the broad differential diagnoses of abdominal pain and gastrointestinal bleeding. Three types of small bowel diverticula warrant particular consideration: duodenal diverticula, jejunoileal diverticula, and Meckel diverticula. The most frequently encountered diverticula are duodenal (45%), compared to jejunoileal (25%) and Meckel diverticula (25%), and jejunoileal diverticula are most often symptomatic. This chapter discusses each type of diverticula and its epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShackelford's Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Subtitle of host publication2 Volume Set
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780323402323
ISBN (Print)9780323531771
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Meckel diverticula.
  • Small bowel diverticula
  • duodenal diverticula
  • jejunoileal diverticula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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