appendicitis vs diverticulitis

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How can I tell if I have diverticulitis?

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Classic presentation is fever, abdominal pain (usually left sided), and elevated white blood cell count. Some people don't have the classic presentation. Other things, like appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease can present similarly . Need to see a doc, get examined, maybe get a CT scan. Mild cases- Rx antibiotics as outpt;more severe -inpt Rx, and/or drainage of pus, or surgery
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Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

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In fact many children are born with a large diverticulum called Merckle's Diverticulum that can get infected and gives symptoms like appendicitis in the other side of the abdomen around age 2 years old before or after.
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What are other conditions with symptoms similar to diverticulitis?

Crohn's

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Diverticulitis has similar symptoms as Crohn' s disease and colon cancer. Hence investigations are required to confirm the diagnosis.
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Dr. Michael Murray answered:

Is it necessarily diverticulitis if you have a large abcess 12 centimetre Or could it be a cyst in the pelvis? The abcess was drained surgetically .

Pelvic abcess

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A pelvic abcess can have several sources. Common ones would be from colon diverticulitis, appendicitis, or tubo-ovarian abcess fom an infected fallopian tube. Usually a cyst has sterile contents and is not drained. Usually your doctors can tell the source from ct scans and the microbiology of the abcess
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Dr. David Earle answered:

For 6 months I've had abdominal pain and received a diagnosis of diverticulitis after having a scope. The ct scan didn't show it. I've had lots of antibiotics and still have pain. I have a ct colonography next. What will it show?

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While nobody can predict with certainty what any test will show, I suspect it will show the same thing as the ct scan and colonoscopy findings, unless those tests were done a long time ago - maybe a year or more., or your symptoms have changed or progressed since they were done.
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diagnosed diverticulitis last month,presented on right side via mri. daily diahrrea since. right diag? how to stop dihhrea?

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Isolated right side diverticulitis with out left side is unusual, except congenital cecal diverticulam ( single ) , you may have it , when inflammation subsides must have colonoscopy It mimics appendicitis ,is a true diverticulum contains all layers of bowel ,for recurrent attacks will need surgery.
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Dr. M. Hytham Beck answered:

12yo son's doc thinks he has Meckel Diverticulitis. Doc wrote keflex for 7 days then maybe surgery. WBC 19K and low fever. Wait or go to children ER?

GO TO ER

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GO TO THE ER DIAGNOSIS OF MECKEL DIVERTICULITIS IS ALWAYS CONFUSED WITH APPENDICITIS I WILL NOT TREAT THIS CONDITION WITH ORAL ANTIBIOTICS NEED EVALUATION BY A SURGEON AND POSSIBLE EXPLORATION
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Dr. Barry Rosen answered:

What is diverticulitis vs osis?

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DIVERTICULOSIS is the condition where little pockets form on the colon at natural weak points. This is very common in the Western World, presumably secondary to our diet, and increases with age. DIVERTICULITIS is the condition where one of these pockets RUPTURES, leading to the release of intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity, causing (sometimes severe) inflammation and pain.
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Dr. Kirpal Singh answered:

What is diverticulitis and how is it treated?

Infection

It is infection of diverticulum ( out pocketing of colon lining usually caused by constipation). It is treated with antibiotics ( oral or IV depending upon severity) or surgery if perforation. U have to b seen and examined by a physician to make the diagnosis and then treatment plan. Once healed, HIGH FIBER diet us the key to try to prevent further complications.
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What are the causes of diverticulitis?

Infection

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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.
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