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Treatment

Most people with a Meckel's diverticulum do not even know they have it, and no treatment is required. When problems occur, treatment depends on their type and severity. Infections are treated with antibiotics. Blood transfusions may be needed for extensive bleeding. Iron replacement may be required to correct anemia. Bowel rest, in which the patient is not allowed to eat, drink or take pills, and receives nutrition and fluids intravenously (through a vein), is sometimes needed when there is a blockage. Ultimately, a diverticulum causing problems may need to be removed surgically.

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