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What is a duodenal diverticulum?
A duodenal diverticulum (the plural of which is diverticula) is a pouch
attached to the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine just past the
There are two types of duodenal diverticula. The common
type which is present in at least 6% of individuals, is one that sticks out from
the duodenum, similar to the more common colonic diverticula. This is referred to as an "extramural"
diverticulum. Extramural diverticula may vary in size from a few millimeters to
a few centimeters. They usually are located in the area around the
Vater where the bile and pancreatic ducts enter the duodenum.
A second, rare type of diverticulum is referred to as an "intramural"
diverticulum. It does not protrude from the duodenum. Rather, it protrudes into
the duodenal lumen (the hollow inside of the duodenum through which digesting
food flows). Both types of diverticula, extramural and intramural, communicate
with the lumen of the duodenum so that contents of the duodenum can enter the