Yongnan Li, MD, Shuodong Wu, MD
Department of Biliary Surgery, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang City, People’s Republic of China (both authors).
Introduction: Symptomatic Meckel’s diverticulum during pregnancy and inverted Meckel’s (“ windsock ”) divertic- ulum are rare occurrences. Preoperative diagnosis is difficult, and inverted diverticulum can be misdiagnosed as lipoma.
Case Description: We report a case of Meckel’s diverticulum during pregnancy, causing a hernia of the small intestine, and a case of inverted Meckel’s diverticulum causing an ileocolic intussusception.
Discussion: When dealing with small-bowel obstruction of unknown origin, Meckel’s diverticulum is a cause that is easy to miss. Early laparoscopic exploration helps as an auxiliary diagnostic tool and can avoid small-bowl necrosis or intestinal perforation caused by long-standing small bowel obstruction.
Key Words: Bowel malformation, Laparoscopic surgery, Meckel’s diverticulum, Pregnancy.