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Slow-release potassium and perforation of Meckel's diverticulum

Layer, G.T.; Scott-Jupp, R.H.; Maitra, T.K.; Darke, S.G.

Postgraduate Medical Journal 63(737): 211-212


ISSN/ISBN: 0032-5473
PMID: 3671262
DOI: 10.1136/pgmj.63.737.211
Accession: 041381318

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A case of peritonitis following perforation of gastric-type mucosa in a Meckel's diverticulum is described. At laparotomy a wax core of a combined diuretic-slow-release potassium preparation was found extruding through the perforation and a further pellet was found free in the peritoneal cavity. Intestinal perforation due to potassium-containing drugs is recognized and led to the development of enteric-coated and slow-release delivery systems. The association of perforation of Meckel's diverticulum with a slow-release potassium perforation has not previously been described.

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