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Dr. Joseph Sucher
25 years experience Trauma Surgery
Possibly: Most cases of diverticulitis are mild and readily treated with antibiotics and diet change. However, diverticulitis is a spectrum from mild to severe. ... Read More

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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Lin
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Inflammation inside: Diverticulitis is to denote the inflammation usually by infection inside a small pouching-out pocket from the wall of colon usually in the descending ... Read More
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Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Inflammation: It is related to acute inflammation of a diverticulum(a sac-like protrusion of the colonic wall), generally considered to be due to be related to micr ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Early vs. Late: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
It can be.: Diverticulitis occurs when a small pocket on the wall of the colon ruptures. If the hole seals quickly, one may be treated as an out-patient with ora ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
33 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Maybe: Diverticulitis is an infection that occurs in/around a diverticulum (a weakness or blowout of the wall of the colon), usually treated with antibiotics ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerardo Garcia
32 years experience General Surgery
Not common: Diverticulosis is present in 60% of the population above the age of 60. Diverticulitis is present in a very low percentage of patients. The treatment ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Bad/Not-So-Bad: Diverticulosis is the condition where little pockets form on the colon at natural weak points. This is very common in the western world, presumably s ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herbert Hoover
50 years experience General Practice
Antibiotics/liquids: Diverticulitis is treated initially with intravenous antibiotics and oral clear liquids with a change to oral antibiotics when the pain is resolving a ... Read More
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Dr. Siamak Milanchi
24 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
It is rare: Diverticulitis has various potential complications which ranges from minor infection which responds well to oral antibiotics, to severe infection and ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
1st, fiber free: With acute diverticulitis, rx involves antibiotics. Initial diet rx is with liquids only, allowing the inflammation to decrease. As inflammation decr ... Read More
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