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How can doctors detect bleeding caused by diverticulitis?

How can doctors detect bleeding caused by diverticulitis?

Stool exam: Blood in or on the stool, can be detected by simple test. Passing blood is serious. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more


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Does diverticulitis cause bleeding?

Does diverticulitis cause bleeding?

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. ...Read more

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Can bleeding be caused from diverticulosis or diverticulitis, or either?

Can bleeding be caused from diverticulosis or diverticulitis, or either?

"-osis" bleeds.: Our general medical tenet is "diverticulitis doesn't bleed." Diverticulosis can bleed, and the bleeding is rather brisk and scary but tends to stop on its own after a while, not that it shouldn't prompt a visit to the Emergency Room to be safe. ...Read more

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Dx diverticulitis, 2nd episode in a month. Intermittent bright red bleeding with small clots, CT can't find source, + hemmroids, but not enflamed?

Dx diverticulitis, 2nd episode in a month. Intermittent bright red bleeding with small clots, CT can't find source, + hemmroids, but not enflamed?

You should see GI: At your age a diagnosis of diveticulitis is not common. I have not heard of many cancers at your age either except in those with risks like polyposis syndrome. It is therefore best if you see the specialist in that field to make sure you have a good and valid diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there evidence Plavix (clopidogrel) ( Clopidogrel) causes more incidents of GI bleeding than Aspirin? Also Have Diverticulitis .

Is there evidence  Plavix (clopidogrel) ( Clopidogrel) causes more incidents of GI bleeding than Aspirin?
Also Have Diverticulitis .

Plavix (clopidogrel) bleeds more: Aspirin acts to prevent platelet adhesion and the mechanism for Plavix (clopidogrel) is through platelet also but different. Overall the incidence of bleeding would be greater with Plavix (clopidogrel). With diverticulosis, the bleeding occurs more likely (stretches the sac of colon) than diverticulITIS which is a complication of OSIS. ...Read more

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Should i worry if i keep bleeding from my rectum? I am not sure if it's my diverticulitis , another polyp, ibs. I also have a ulcer in stomach.

Should i worry if i keep bleeding from my rectum? I am not sure if it's my diverticulitis , another polyp, ibs. I also have a ulcer in stomach.

All possible reasons: Most common source is a fissure, but all the things you mention may be possibilities. The only way to find out and know what to do for treatment is to get someone to exam you. ...Read more

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6 month on/off again/chronic diverticulitis, had a bleed tonight, went to ER said normal. Is it okay to have CT colonography in about 7-10 days?

6 month on/off again/chronic diverticulitis, had a bleed tonight, went to ER said normal. Is it okay to have CT colonography in about 7-10 days?

Only if needed: Probably no need for that though. Try not to get ct's unless really needed given the radiation. Give it some time, take fiber and finish the antibiotics. Should get better. ...Read more

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Diet for diverticulitis?

Diet for diverticulitis?

Early vs. Late: 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. ...Read more

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Is diverticulitis serious?

Is diverticulitis serious?

Possibly: Diverticulitis is inflammation of the large bowel (also known as the colon). The inflammation results from simple infection to catastrophic perforation with leakage of contents into the abdomen. Most patients experience very minimal symptoms and are easily treated with antibiotics. However, some patients present with life-threatening symptoms, requiring hospitalization and emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Patterson
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Bleeding (Definition)

Bleeding is a term describing the loss of blood. It can occur inside the body due to damage to blood vessels or organs or outside the body during menstruation or when there is a ...Read more