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Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...Read more


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Please tell me what causes some people to get diverticulitis?

Please tell me what causes some people to get diverticulitis?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do if my husband has just been diagnosed diverticulitis. What everyday foods should I get?

What can I do if my husband has just been diagnosed diverticulitis. What everyday foods should I get?

Diet: After initial recovery -- which needs low fiver diet you can go on to high fiver diet and avoid red meat, fatty food. Avoid constipation ...Read more

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I had surgery for diverticulitis on 2003 - can I get this back? And can I eat strawberry seeds?

I had surgery for diverticulitis on 2003 - can I get this back? And can I eat strawberry seeds?

Yes it can recur: Surgery usually involves a resection of the part of the colon infected so that a recurrence can occur in another part of the colon.
As far as diet is concerned the diverticular diet was devised in the 1920s and excluded all seeds, etc. (things that don't get digested) however in more recent years these things do not seem to be a cause of diverticulitis. In the 1920s a physician found a seed in the. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of diverticulitis?

Antibiotics: You should see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. For uncomplicated diverticulitis, generally it will respond to antibiotic therapy. Severe cases may require urgent surgery. ...Read more

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Do you get lightheaded with diverticulitis?

Do you get lightheaded with diverticulitis?

Maybe: If there is a severe infection leading to sepsis, or if there is significant bleeding. ...Read more

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How can I make sure I don't get constipated while in the diverticulitis recovery phase?

Stool softener: I would recommend an otc product MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) which is a very safe and gentle stool softener. Take at least 1 capful daily as directed and increase or decrease amount based on your bowel movements. I would also recommend to eat a healthy diet that is high in fiber and water. ...Read more

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How do u get diverticulitis, how do u know if u need surgery to cure it? What happens during surgery, how does it cure it?

How do u get diverticulitis, how do u know if u need surgery to cure it? What happens during surgery, how does it cure it?

Infection: Small out-pouches form on the outside of the colon, most often in the left lower abdomen. Infection of these pouches is diverticulitis. Prevent by eating high fiber foods, avoid junk foods, avoid constipation, drink plenty of liquids, take fiber supplements such as metamucil. Surgery to remove part of the colon is only for multiple episodes of recurrent infections, colon stricturing, bleeding. ...Read more

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Is pork OK for diverticulitis attack, after solids have began. Is there a way to get a detailed diet list. Not just the generic short list.

Is pork OK for diverticulitis attack, after solids have began. Is there a way to get a detailed diet list. Not just the generic short list.

Pork okay: The truth is that there is not a specific diet for diverticulitis. You can find some online but there is no evidence that anything in particular helps. If you know that certain food trigger attacks for you then you should avoid them, but other than that there is no good evidence for dietary restrictions. ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis cause my small intestine to get blocked?

Can diverticulitis cause my small intestine to get blocked?

Typically no but....: Diverticulitis usually refers to the colon. The inflammatory process can be so severe that it can make the small bowel adhere to it and kink, causing an obstruction. Although very rare, one can also get diverticula of the small bowel, and these could potentially perforate or obstruct. ...Read more

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How do you manage diet for IBS and diverticulitis. Allowable foods seem mutually exclusive. I get a lot of pain about once a month. Age 67?

How do you manage diet for IBS and diverticulitis. Allowable foods seem mutually exclusive. I get a lot of pain about once a month. Age 67?

Idea Link below: Actually this is not too rare. It will be a balancing act - but you can do it if you're patient and motivated. I'd start at the clean out of a nearly liquid, bland, soft diet until the diverticulitis clears some. Then move in the direction of easy to digest more solid fiber foods still low in fat, spice, salt. A bit of poultry and light fish, but mostly selected veggies. It will be trial and error ...Read more

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Can you get diverticulitis from a bowel perforation during a hysterectomy?

Can you get diverticulitis from a bowel perforation during a hysterectomy?

Not likely: Diverticulosis is when you have pouches form in the wall of the colon; it usually develops slowly w/ age. It may be genetic, related to constipation or to a low fiber diet. Diverticulitis is when 1 of these pouches gets inflamed & infected, leading to pain, fever, obstruction, bleeding & abscesses. This doesn't usually result from surg trauma, but the symptoms can be similar to a perforation. ...Read more

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It's been 10day after antibiotics for diverticulitis still feeling sore after BM what can I do not to get constipated but still keep low fibr diet?

It's been 10day after antibiotics for diverticulitis still feeling sore after BM what can I do not to get constipated but still keep low fibr diet?

Prevent constipation: What's wrong with fiber? You should be ingesting lots of fiber if you're having problems with BMs. I suggest something like Metamucil 1 tbsp daily mixed with a full glass of water. ...Read more

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I think I am having an attack of diverticulitis. Should I go to the emergency room? I am having sharp pains in my stomach that get worse when I lie down. I have had diverticulitis twice before (6 and 8 years ago) I also have a fever off 99.2.

I think I am having an attack of diverticulitis. Should I go to the emergency room? I am having sharp pains in my stomach that get worse when I lie down. I have had diverticulitis twice before (6 and 8 years ago) I also have a fever off 99.2.

Yes,: Yes, whenever you have abdominal pain with a fever you must be seen as an emergency, particularly as you have a past medical history of diverticulitis. You should also establish a close relationship with a primary care physician so that in the future you can be evaluated early in the course of your illness and started on appropriate medication for possible diverticulitis. As you have pain and fever and your past medical history you must be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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Dr. Says he thinks I have IBS or diverticulitis. I was hoping for some kinda xray or ultrasound. Still have some dull pain. Shud I get 2nd opinion?

Dr. Says he thinks I have IBS or diverticulitis. I was hoping for some kinda xray or ultrasound. Still have some dull pain. Shud I get 2nd opinion?

Probably, since...: ...there is a huge difference between IBS (a functional process) and diverticulitis (an inflammatory one). The differential diagnosis requires clarification so appropriate treatment can begin for either of these entities, or maybe an entirely unrelated third condition. If uncertain your present practitioner can assist further, seek help elsewhere. ...Read more

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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: 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. ...Read more

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Can a person on low residue diet b/c of diverticulitis eat watermelon?

Can a person on low residue diet b/c of diverticulitis eat watermelon?

Yes: Some current GI folks do not buy into the seeds restriction.
I general avoid most watermelon seeds - fun to spit at a tree!
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What is diverticulitis?

What is diverticulitis?

Inflammation: It is related to acute inflammation of a diverticulum (a sac-like protrusion of the colonic wall), generally considered to be due to be related to microperforation of a diverticulum. It can present with a wide range of symptoms but most commonly abdominal pain. Other common symptoms are nausea (sometimes with vomiting), constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, and bloating. ...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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Can you cure diverticulitis?

Maybe: Diverticulitis is an infection that occurs in/around a diverticulum (a weakness or blowout of the wall of the colon), usually treated with antibiotics. This may solve the infection, but it can happen again, as the diverticulum is still there, along with others as well, as they are usually multiple. Preventive measures may help diminish more attacks, but surgery may be necessary to 'cure'! ...Read more

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How common is diverticulitis?

Not common: Diverticulosis is present in 60% of the population above the age of 60. Diverticulitis is present in a very low percentage of patients. The treatment depends on the severity of the attack ...Read more

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What is diverticulitis vs osis?

What is diverticulitis vs osis?

Bad/Not-So-Bad: 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. ...Read more

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How do you treat diverticulitis

Antibiotics/liquids: Diverticulitis is treated initially with intravenous antibiotics and oral clear liquids with a change to oral antibiotics when the pain is resolving and the signs of infection (fever & elevated white blood count) are improving. A colonoscopy is indicated a few weeks after resolution to be sure there is not a cancer. Cases complicated by perforation may require immediate surgical intervention ...Read more

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Can you die from diverticulitis?

Can you die from diverticulitis?

It is rare: Diverticulitis has various potential complications which ranges from minor infection which responds well to oral antibiotics, to severe infection and peritonitis caused by spillage of stool from colon into the abdominal cavity. In severe cases it usually needs surgery and in these cases patient may end up having a colostomy. These days it is so rare to die from diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis be dangerous?

Possibly: Most cases of diverticulitis are mild and readily treated with antibiotics and diet change. However, diverticulitis is a spectrum from mild to severe. The most severe cases require emergency surgery and can result in the need for a temporary colostomy formation. Talk to your physician about when or if you should consider an elective operation for removal of part of your colon. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis food plan? Grains?

Diverticulitis food plan? Grains?

High fiber, fluids: In general, the most advantageous diet for those with diverticulosis or wwho have had an episode of diverticulitis is a high fiber diet with plenty of fluids. Fiber rich foods include fruits, veggies, whole grain cereals and breads. ...Read more

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Is cornbread bad for diverticulitis?

Is cornbread bad for diverticulitis?

Probably ok: True acute diverticulitis is an infection requiring antibiotics for treatment. During acute diverticulitis one may be directed to eat lighter, smaller, softer, low fiber foods. As the infection resolves, eventually a high fiber diet would then be recommended to help prevent recurrences. Corn bread by itself, in moderation, should have no affect on diverticulitis. Drink plenty water too. ...Read more

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What are the causes of diverticulitis?

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. ...Read more

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How typical is diverticulitis in kids?

How typical is diverticulitis in kids?

Colonic: Diverticulitis is very rare as diverticulosis (the out-pouching that become inflamed in diverticulitis) is an age dependent process. It takes times for these issues to form, usually decades. So unless a child has a predisposing condition like Marfan's syndrome or cystic fibrosis, it would be exceptionally rare to see. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have diverticulitis?

How can I tell if I have diverticulitis?

See a doctor NOW: 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. ...Read more

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What is safe to eat with diverticulitis?

What is safe to eat with diverticulitis?

Generally: For acute diverticulitis, I recommend low to no fiber for 4-6 weeks following diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Then if surgery not indicated, you may slowly add fiber back into your diet. If you buy the right groceries and order the right food in restaurants I generally do not find fiber supplements necessary. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

Belly pain and fever: Belly pain, especially in the left lower part of the abdomen, and fever. ...Read more

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What is diverticulitis and what cause it?

What is diverticulitis and what cause it?

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. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diverticulitis?

Inflamed pocket: Diverticulosis is thin walled pockets in wall of colon. Diverticulitis: inflammation of pockets. Not caused by something getting stuck in them, but from increased pressure in bowel: weakest link, so small perforation, with spasm, inflammation. Mild: outpt rx, oral antibiotics; more so: inpatient abs; severe: surgery for drainage, inpt abs. Hi fiber diet may help prevent. Itis: no fiber initially. ...Read more