The provider excises, or removes, a Meckel’s diverticulum, an outpouching or saclike structure in the wall of the ileum. Alternatively, the provider removes an omphalomesenteric duct, or yolk stalk, a remnant of the umbilical duct that connects the embryo to the mother’s circulation. It typically disappears before birth, but if the duct does not disappear, it forms a diverticulum in the ileum. The provider excises the structures to treat or prevent bleeding or ulceration, an erosion of the lining of the ileum.
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