<bold>The aim of the study.</bold> Assessment of own research material associated with surgical treatment of Meckel's diverticulum (MD).
<bold>Material and methods.</bold> Retrospective analysis of medical records of 27 patients managed in the Department of Endocrine and General Surgery of Medical University in Łódź between 1st October 2002 and 31st December 2009 due to incidentally found during surgery and not producing symptoms MD and also operated on for its complications.
<bold>Results.</bold> After excision of MD causing symptoms surgical complications possibly directly associated with the removal of MD were not observed. After prophylactic excision of MD such complications occurred in 2 patients (11.11%). Moreover, in this group we found one death after the operation, but it was not attributable to performed diverticulectomy and was caused by multiple coexisting diseases. In 3 of 14 prophylactically removed and macroscopically normal Meckel's diverticula the presence of reactive inflammation was diagnosed on histopathology.
<bold>Conclusions.</bold> Excision of MD, both producing symptoms and incidentally found, is associated with the low risk of complications. After the recognition of acute appendicitis all identified Meckel's diverticula should be removed, even macroscopically normal, because they can present with the reactive inflammatory process. The method of MD excision depends on intraoperative diagnosis. The risk of MD-related complications may increase with age.
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