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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can doctors detect bleeding caused by diverticulitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Colonoscopy, Angio..: Diverticuli are small out pouches of the wall of the colon which are very prevalent in the us, occurring in as many as 1/3 people by age 60. Most people have no symptoms yet these diverticuli can rupture, leading to diverticulitis. They can also lead to bleeding, which is most easily detected by colonoscopy, a nuclear medicine "bleeding scan", or an angiogram.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Stool exam: Blood in or on the stool, can be detected by simple test. Passing blood is serious.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Does diverticulitis cause bleeding?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
No.: Diverticuli are small, typically pea-sized pockets that are very common in western societies, likely related to our high red meat, low fiber diets. The presence of these pockets is called diverticulosis and is very, very common, and may cause bleeding. Diverticulitis is inflammation of the colon brought about by rupture of one of these pockets; it generally does not cause bleeding.

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