The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 7, Issue 10, pp 877–885 | Cite as

The clinical significance of duodenal diverticula

  • George Levene
  • Saul Scheff


Diverticula of the duodenum are found in about 2% of the population. They are most commonly located on the medial surface of the descending duodenum. A diverticulum may produce symptoms when it retains food or other foreign bodies. It may contain functioning aberrant glandular tissue and be the site of ulceration, perforation, or gangrene. These possibilities must be carefully considered in the examination of a patient who has a duodenal diverticulum and gastrointestinal symptoms which are not otherwise explained.


Public Health Clinical Significance Perforation Foreign Body Gastrointestinal Symptom 
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© Hoeber Medical Division of Harper & Row, Publishers 1962

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Levene
    • 1
  • Saul Scheff
    • 1
  1. 1.From the Departments of Radiology of Boston University and the Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals Medical CenterBoston

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