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What does Meckel's diverticulum illustration include?

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An illustration of Meckel's diverticulum shows a frontal section of the gastrointestinal tract in the abdominopelvic cavity, including the duodenum, jejunum and ileum, and labels the Meckel's diverticulum at its location in the ileum. The illustration may be a drawing or may show a labeled photograph of a cadaver's sectioned abdominopelvic cavity.

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A professional medical illustration of Meckel's diverticulum includes a color representation of related intestinal structures. The illustration labels this small congenital tissue pocket at its location in the distal ileum and may include either an inset representation of a normally formed ileum or a cross-reference for comparison. Structures of the gastrointestinal tract are labeled clearly in the illustration and include arrows and/or lines indicating their exact location. The Meckel's diverticulum is clearly differentiated in the illustration by text and graphic symbols and may also be colored or outlined to highlight it.

An illustration for medical texts may include a brief explanation of the anomaly's origin, rate of occurrence, composition, significance and structure, and may include inset photos of an obstructed or ruptured Meckel's diverticulum. An illustration for lay publication often includes an explanation of the structure's origin as well as its potential role in abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and intestinal obstruction.

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