The 'false-negative' Meckel's scan

G. Wilton, J. W. Froelich

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A case is presented of a 17-month-old girl who underwent two Meckel's scans with Tc-99m pertechnetate. The initial study was interpreted as normal while a subsequent study five days later was definitely positive. Surgery immediately following the positive Meckel's scan demonstrated a Meckel's diverticulum containing gastric mucosa without evidence of active hemorrhage. This prompted a review of the literature in reference to false-negative Meckel's scans which revealed a wide variance in the reported incidence of false-negative examinations. Repeat scintigraphy in the face of a strong clinical suspicion after an initial normal study may decrease the incidence of false-negative imaging series.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-443
Number of pages3
JournalClinical nuclear medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1982


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