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Question 4#

A pocket- or sock -like outpouching on the anti-mesenteric side of the distal ileum, called a Meckel diverticulum, is caused by:

A. Excessive traction on the intestine during childbirth
B. Increased intraluminal pressure
C. A persistent vitelline duct
D. A mutation of the c-Mec gene

Correct Answer is C


The embryonic gut communicates with the yolk sac by mean of the vitelline duct. Failure of this structure to obliterate by the end of gestation can result in a Meckel diverticulum.