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Diverticulosis

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Segal
18 years experience Family Medicine
Multiple factors: Diverticulosis, or small outpouching of the bowel, is generally due to a combination of conditions including advanced age, genetics, and diet. A high ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
If you mean : Diverticulosis coli, no one knows for sure. But the prevailing theory is hypertonicity of muscles of the colon. This pressure squeezes down on the m ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Diverticulosis: Because diverticula by themselves usually do not cause problems, most people learn they have diverticulosis during routine screening examinations for ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Medical treatment: Of diverticulosis coli is high fiber diet to stretch and relax the hypertrophic muscles of the wall of the colon, which caused the diverticula in the ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Archer
29 years experience Bariatrics
No: Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease the cause of which is unclear. Diverticulitis is caused by inflamed little orchestra on the wall of the ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Probably not: Some doctors still recommend avoiding small seeds in those with diverticulosis. I am not her treating physician, so my opinion may not be the best for ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Differet: these are different problems: polyps are little (although sometimes large) growths in the colon. Diverticulas are pockets that protrude outside the co ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
21 years experience Internal Medicine
Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis/proctitis is not contagious. It caused by immune system acting against colon mucosa.
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A 100-year-old member asked:
Dr. Slade Suchecki
17 years experience Family Medicine
Pain: Diverticulosis are pockets in the colon thought to be caused by high fat low fiber diet. When a nidus or irritant gets lodged in a pocket the area be ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Causativefactor same: Ibs does not lead to ibd - interesting new observations that suggest that some of the factors causing IBS and ibd(crohn's and colitis) may be similar ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
No and yes: Diverticulosis (pockets in the wall of the colon) usually causes no symptoms. May be associated constipation/gas/cramps, but not specifically due to ... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Maybe: Anyone can get a peri-anal abscess. It can be more common in patients with crohn's disease. A person with or without ulcerative colitis can get peri-a ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
LLQ ABD PAIN: Diverticulitis is caused by the rupture of a diverticulum arising from the colon; this typically occurs on the sigmoid colon located in the left lowe ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
27 years experience Gastroenterology
Colitis cancer link: Ulcerative colitis can transform to colon cancer. Chronic inflammation can lead to dysplasia. Dysplasia can lead to colon cancer.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
High fiber & fluids: The goal is to avoid straining. This is only one option, but its inexpensive and easy. Just be careful to drink enough fluids, otherwise the fiber can ... Read More
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A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Edmison
18 years experience Gastroenterology
Depends: Most colon anastomotic ulcers are chronic due to poor blood supply to that area. Usually not serious. If you have crohns, the ulcer could represent ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Good question...: All it takes for diverticulitis is one diverticulum. Colonoscopy may not see the diverticular openings if they are small. Ct scan may also not see div ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
See below: Diverticulosis is the finding of small out-pouches that bulge out from the wall of the colon or large intestine, usually in the left lower colon. Dive ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Can be: Crohn's as well as other colitis entities can be both acute or chronic. Acute colitis is a general term that includes the above but also can include u ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
23 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Tough one!: There is an ileorectal anastomosis - when the colon is removed we can attach the ileum - part of the end of the small intestine - to the rectum. Ther ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Inflammatory : Condition of unknown cause that causes cramps, diarrhea sometimes bloody, and GI absorption problems. Treatment requires anti-inflammatory drugs and ... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
52 years experience General Practice
Not certain : You have several organ systems involved. A unifying diagnosis would be irritable bowel syndrome and migraine headaches, both associated with fibromya ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Yes x 2: Yes and yes. Obscure GI bleed could also be caused by a large hiatal hernia (diagnosed with upper GI contrast study) or a small bowel tumor (diagnosed ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Inflammatory Bowel: Any inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) spectrum are systemic illnesses. Ulcerative colitis primarily involves the lining of the large intestine whereas ... Read More
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A 75-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Best: Foods to eat are higher fiber foods, fruits & vegetables. Can also add fiber supplements like metamucil. Dink plenty of water or liquids. Avoid white ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cesar Sturla
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Maybe: Only direct vissualization with scope ( sigmiod or colonoscopy ) with biopsy can. Lower GI and barium enema can detect inflammation of mucosa and sug ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
27 years experience Family Medicine
Not really: Although there are some common symptoms between these, one doesn't cause the other.
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Yes: "diverticulosis" is a condition where the colon has small outpouchings (diverticuli) of the colon lining that can get plugged up and infected causing ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leroy Fleischer
35 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Infection by h. Pylori can cause stomach ulcers and if left untreated can cause stomach cancer. It does not involve the colon.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Colon cancer does not cause diverticulitis. But you can develop diverticulitis independently while having colon cancer.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Normal: Most adults over 50, and definitely 60 in a developed country have diverticulosis. Basically this is when a small hole in the muscular layer of the la ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Esophageal pouch: An esophageal diverticulum is an out-pouching in a weak area of the esophageal (tube from throat to mouth) lining.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Dooreck
22 years experience Gastroenterology
Constipation: High-fiber diet with a lot of water every day and even prune juice may help. There are medications by prescription for chronic constipation and ibs wi ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Bodzin
50 years experience General Surgery
Somewhat: There are numerous families where there are children and /or grandchildren, cousins, etc. With these diseases. If both parents have ibd, the incidenc ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jeremy Weinberger
22 years experience General Surgery
Diverticulitis?: I'll assume you are asking about the role of antibiotics in diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is the presence of outpouches in the colon wall. It present ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
2 different answers: Diverticulosis best managed with hi fiber diet and plenty of noncaffeinated fluids, avoiding nuts, seeds, and popcorn. Diverticulitis needs confirmat ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
27 years experience General Surgery
Yes: You can have an elective colon resection to remove the portion of colon that has diverticulosis.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Sometimes: Surgery is recommended for problems with recurrent infection from diverticulitis. Just having diverticulosis without infections is very common & does ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: It is possible, although rare. The most common explanation would have been a missed colon polyp during the past procedure, due to either poor colon p ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
35 years experience General Practice
Bulk foods: . Fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, whole grains, lean cuts of meat, fowl and fish, low fat dairy products, unhealthy-processed foods, high in ... Read More

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