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what is diverticulitis and what cause it?

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Dr. Kevin Olson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Out-pouches colon: Colon is a long tube, and sometimes it gets "out-pouches, big or small. Pressure in the colon causes them. They can hurt, get infected or bleed. Can sometime controll eith meds and diet. Sometimes may need surgery.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Hole in the Colon: Diverticuli are little pockets that form in weak spots of the wall of the colon, usually assc w/low-fiber western diets. These pockets are prone to rupturing (esp on the left side), out of which the bacteria-laden colon contents comes out, causing inflammation. Depending on the size of the hole and how well the body seals it closed, one can have mild infections or life-threatening ones.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Diverticulitis: Assuming you have diverticulosis in the first place, the symptoms of diverticulitis would include fever, chills, sweats, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pains usually either in the lower left or lower right aspect. Diverticulitis comes from a ruptured diverticulum.
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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small pouches hanging out of colon can be compacted with food material, putrefication leads to infection and disruption of normal colon wall architecture....leading to pain, bleeding rupture.
Nov 28, 2014
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan commented
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
A diveticulum does not need to rupture to be diverticulitis. Rupture is a complication of straight forward diverticulitis.
Nov 28, 2014

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulitis

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Your question...: I assume you mean the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is the development is small pouches in the wall of the lower colon. Diverticulitis is the infection of those pouches.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Are there any noticeable symptoms of diverticulitis?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Yes: Generally the symptoms of diverticulitis are left lower abdominal pain, fever, and bloating...It can also be associated with either diarrhea or constipation. If you have fever or abdominal pain, you should be evaluated as soon as possible, as diverticulitis is due to perforation of the colon, and can lead to serious complications if left untreated.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of diverticulitis?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Infection: Small out-pouches form on the outside of the colon, most often in the left lower abdomen. Infection of these pouches (diverticulitis) causes abdominal pain and fever, treated with antibiotics. Try to avoid by eating high fiber foods, avoid junk foods and fast foods, avoid constipation, drink plenty of liquids, take fiber supplements such as metamucil.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what causes some people to get diverticulitis?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Diverticulitus: Is an infection of small pouches that forms on the outside of the colon or large intestine, most often on the lower left side of the abdomen. This most often occurs due to either chronic constipation or a diet low in fruits, vegetables or dietary fiber. Need to avoid junk foods ; eat more fruits ; vegetables. ; have a higher fiber diet.
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A 82-year-old male asked:

Is it true eating nuts seeds or berries can cause diverticulitis?

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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NO: High fiber has been shown, in some studies, to be salutary

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