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are there specialized diets that will treat acute attacks of diverticulitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Not really, but...: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a low-residue diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence.
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Acute : Diverticulitis is initially treated with liquid diet and antibiotics until the pain and fever resolve, then a low or no fiber diet and plenty of fluids for 4-6 weeks to allow time for the colon to heal. After 6 weeks options are to gradually increase fiber in your diet and if you dont flare, stay on a hi fiber diet. Or if recurrent attacks frequently consider surgery to resolve the problem.
Answered on Feb 19, 2020
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