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ISRN AnatomyVolume 2013 2013, Article ID 767403, 5 pages

Research Article

Aarupadai Veedu Medical College, Pondicherry 607402, India

Department of Anatomy, Thanjavur Medical College, Thanjavur 613004, India

Received 11 August 2013; Accepted 9 September 2013

Academic Editors: T. A. Aversi-Ferreira and C. Casteleyn

Copyright © 2013 Sulochana Sakthivel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Duodenum is the second most common site of diverticula after the colon. Diagnosis of duodenal diverticula is incidental and found during other therapeutic procedures. In 90% of cases, they are asymptomatic, and less than 10% develop clinical symptoms. The difficulty to ascertain the true incidence of duodenal diverticula demanded for the present study to elucidate the prevalence of the duodenal diverticulum in South Indians. Materials and Methods. One hundred and twenty specimens of duodenum were utilized for the study. The prevalence, anatomical location, and dimension of duodenal diverticulum were studied. Results. Among the 120 specimens of duodenum, five specimens had solitary, extraluminal, and globular-shaped diverticula in the medial wall of the duodenum. In three 60% cases, it was found in the second part of duodenum and in two 40% cases in the third part. The mean size of the diverticula was 1.4 cm. Conclusion. In the present study in South Indian people, the prevalence 4.2% of duodenal diverticula is low comparable to other studies in the literature. Even though most of the duodenal diverticula are asymptomatic, the knowledge about its frequency and location is of great importance to prevent complications like diverticulitis, hemorrhage, obstructive jaundice, and perforation.

Autor: Sulochana Sakthivel, Kavitha Kannaiyan, and Sivakami Thiagarajan



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