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Slow-release potassium and perforation of Meckel's diverticulum.
  1. G. T. Layer,
  2. R. H. Scott-Jupp,
  3. T. K. Maitra,
  4. S. G. Darke
  1. Department of Surgery, Poole General Hospital, Dorset, UK.


    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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