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Rapid response to:

Endgames Spot Diagnosis

Losing a marble

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 26 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4486

Rapid Response:

Re: Losing a marble - error

To the editor the BMJ

re: BMJ 2016;354:i4486 (spot diagnosis “Losing a Marble”)

Dear Sir

I wish to draw to your attention that there is an error in the above published article. The narrowest point in the small bowel (the point at which bolus obstructions virtually always occur) is NOT the ileocaecal junction as quoted in the article but a point 2 feet from the ileocaecal junction in the terminal ileum. This is the site of the embryonic vitellointestinal duct and is the same site where one can encounter a Meckel’s diverticulum.

Yours sincerely

Mr Alan J McKay

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 September 2016
Alan McKay
retired consultant surgeon