Meckel’s Diverticulum as Diverting Stoma in Obstructive Colon Cancers


Loop ileostomy
Temporary ileostomy
Meckel's diverticulum


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Maryam Sarkardeh, Ehsan Soltani, & Saeidi, S. (2022). Meckel’s Diverticulum as Diverting Stoma in Obstructive Colon Cancers. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, 24(3).


Background: The surgical management of obstructive colon cancers especially those presenting with acute obstruction, is still challenging. Since, the emergent colectomy in cases of unresectable tumors or frozen abdomen, has been reported with high rates of mortality and morbidity. Application of a diverting stoma significantly alleviates the symptoms and prevents further intestinal necrosis and perforation.

Case presentation: In this Report a case of unresectable obstructive colon cancer is presented. During the operation, an asymptomatic Meckel’s Diverticulum (MD) was found which used to be formed as a diverting ileostomy.

Conclusion: We advocate our experience of using incidental MD for constructing a diverting stoma for an obstructive colon cancer


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