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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between colitis disease and diverticulitis?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Diverticulitis colit: Colitis is inflammation in the inner lining of colon, it can happen due to inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis and crohns disease, and certain infections.And diverticulitis is an infection in the diverticuli which are puches in the wall of colon, and need to treat with antibiotics like Flagyl and cipro, (ciprofloxacin) sometime surgery.Colitis is treated with antiinflammatory drugs asachol and prednis.
Dr. Scott Grover
General Surgery 26 years experience
Very different: Colitis is inflammation of the colon. It is commonly seen with inflammatory disease of the colon (ulcerative colitis). Any area of the colon can become inflamed with this. Diverticulosis is having small pockets that poke out of the bowel wall. Diverticulosis is when one of these pockets gets infected or inflamed. This is usually more localized, like in the left sigmoid colon.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How do you know the difference between diverticulitis and colitis?

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Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
Your doctor: Your doctor can talk to you about the differences between colitis and diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is an inflammation of the outpouching in the colon. Diverticular disease is an abnormal but common finding in the large intestine. Colitis is general inflammation of the entire large intestine.

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