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Is it possible to miss diverticulosis on ct and colonoscopy? Post scope ct shows Diverticulosis. Ct and scope prior no Diverticulosis. Pain since scope.

Is it possible to miss diverticulosis on ct and colonoscopy? Post scope ct shows Diverticulosis. Ct and scope prior no Diverticulosis. Pain since scope.

YES: Some diverticula (e) are VERY small and when these little "bubbles" are filled with normal bowel mucous can be missed by both tests...SIGNIFICANT or INFLAMMED diverticulae will NOT be missed by either test... Hope this is helpful Dr Z Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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Developed diverticulitis following colonoscopy. First time ever had it. Colon now messed up. Chance of diverticulitis happening again?

Developed diverticulitis following colonoscopy. First time ever had it. Colon now messed up. Chance of diverticulitis happening again?

Close observation: One risk associated with an elective colonoscopy is a perforation. A plain xray of your abdomen when symptoms start after procedure can help diagnose. It would be difficult to tell the difference from diverticulitis. Recurrance risk will also depend on status of diverticular disease. Read more

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Had colonoscopy 2 yrs ago completely normal if I had diverticulitis now could they just do a sigmoidoscopy if its lower left side near ovary?

Had colonoscopy 2 yrs ago completely normal if I had diverticulitis now could they just do a sigmoidoscopy if its lower left side near ovary?

May not need a scope: If you had a scope 2 years ago you may not need another one at this time. Are you having pain, rectal bleeding?? Did they see diverticulosis on you initial scope? Are they saying you need another scope? Read more

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I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis with a micro hole in my bowel on June 25th. Iis it too soon to have a Colonoscopy??

I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis with a micro hole in my bowel on June 25th. Iis it too soon to have a Colonoscopy??

Follow up: Colonoscopy after treatment for diverticulitis usually occurs in the range of 6 weeks after initiation of treatment. Based on the timeline you provided this follow-up colonoscopy is a bit on the early side and you may want to review ideal timing with whomever scheduled this procedure for you. Read more

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Will an ultrasound show diverticulitis or Crohn's? Had colonoscopy about a year ago and it results were clean. Having Mid-LLQ pain & dr ordered U/S.

No diagnostic test: Is ever 100%. There are always false negatives and positives. In your case, your doctor was probably looking for kidney stones or infection or a problem with your ovary, not something in the colon. US has better sensitivity in kidney and ovarian problems than in colon problems. Read more

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I don't even know where to turn right now. I'm 31, had a case of diverticulitis in July and just had my colonoscopy. I've had some blood in my stool.?

I don't even know where to turn right now. I'm 31, had a case of diverticulitis in July and just had my colonoscopy. I've had some blood in my stool.?

Colonoscopy doctor: The doctor who performed the colonoscopy would be in the best position to address your symptoms. Please address your diet with him/her so that you have regular bowel movements and avoid constipation.
Wish you good health! Read more

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If I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis by CT scan do I need a colonoscopy?

If I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis by CT scan do I need a colonoscopy?

Possibly: It depends some on your age and past history. Diverticulitis, an infection of the colon, can sometimes show a lot of thickening on ct scan. That can be hard to tell if the infection caused the swelling, or if a tumor is causing the thickening. It is common to recommend a colonoscopy several weeks after the diverticulitis had healed, if you have not already had one. Read more

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Why would I have to have a colonoscopy after being diagnosed with diverticulitis via CT scan?

Possibly: It depends some on your age and past history. Diverticulitis, an infection of the colon, can sometimes show a lot of thickening on ct scan. That can be hard to tell if the infection caused the swelling, or if a tumor is causing the thickening. It is common to recommend a colonoscopy several weeks after the diverticulitis had healed, if you have not already had one. Read more

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I have blood in stool. I've had 4 colonoscopy. Negative results. Had diverticulitis before. What could my problem be?

I have blood in stool. I've had 4 colonoscopy. Negative results. Had diverticulitis before. What could my problem be?

Maybe not colonic...: Evaluation is always appropriate for re-bleeding from the gut. Black stool often means bleeding from upper GI tract; grape jelly stool from small bowel; silver stool from biliary tree; burgundy stool from right colon; red blood from left colon to anal canal. Any accompanying symptoms? Do you take NSAID's, over-use alcohol, smoke tobacco, have other risks (AVM's for example)--lots to consider. Read more

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Colonoscopy diag diverticulosis biopsy fine. Still having abdo pain&tenderness could it be from previous diverticulitis attack that hasn't settled?

Depends: Pain from acute diverticulitis attack can last several weeks. Adhesions (scar tissue) from previous attacks can also cause pain in some patients. Minority of patients can have tenderness even without acute diverticulitis. If pain is new/different, need to call ur pcp. If fever/chills as well, this could be an emergency. Read more

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GI assumed diverticulitis due to low left side pain. Given augmentin, which gave me cdiff. GI won't do colonoscopy until after vancomycin. Why wait?

GI assumed diverticulitis due to low left side pain. Given augmentin, which gave me cdiff. GI won't do colonoscopy until after vancomycin. Why wait?

Diverticulitis: First of all you do not want a. Colonoscopy when the colon is inflamed or irritated. Same with Gavin c diff so you must wait for safety concerns. Now you are only 27 years old very young for diverticulitis. Make sure you eat healthy and exercise regularly Read more

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Surgeon says colon doesn't look right on ct scan. Need colonoscopy for more answers. Have diverticulitis with bowel thickening. No symptons.

Particular question?: Concerns would be why it is inflamed. Infection and autoimmune diseases are some of the possibilites that can only be well answered by colonscopy. Read more

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Sigmoid removed in 2012 for diverticulitis. Constant pain in lower abdomen since. Ct and colonoscopy normal. Gi says IBS but had for years. Not IBS pain?

Sigmoid removed in 2012 for diverticulitis. Constant pain in lower abdomen since. Ct and colonoscopy normal. Gi says IBS but had for years. Not IBS pain?

Discuss with GI MD: We can not answer without knowing more details of the cause of your sigmoid colon to be removed, the pain may be related to the underlying condition and even with normal cat scan you may need further testing like colonoscopy? So I will suggest you consult your gastroenterologist for your stabbing/dull pain. Read more

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My mom recently had an egd and colonoscopy, and was diagnosed with diverticulitis, internal hemorrhoids and GERD and was prescribed with canasa. She has bouts of abdominal pain but goes away. She takes Zantac and omeprazole as needed. Is canasa really n

My mom recently had an egd and colonoscopy, and was diagnosed with diverticulitis, internal hemorrhoids and GERD and was prescribed with canasa. She has bouts of abdominal pain but goes away. She takes Zantac and omeprazole as needed. Is canasa really n

Canasa for hems too: I use Canasa for internal hemorrhoids, to decrease bleeding. Are you sure she had diverticulitis, or was it diverticulosis? Diverticulitis is a potentially serious infection. Diverticulosis is the presence of pockets in the colon without infection. Most likely, she has diverticulosis, or they would have started her on a specific diet and antibiotics. Read more

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Have a serve left side diverticulosis according to my colonoscopy. I have so pain in that side?

Diverticulosis: You may need enemas, stool softener and diet change for help. Eat more fruits, vegetable, legumes and nuts. Eat high fiber cereals. Reduce milk and milk products in your diet. Take MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) daily. Good luck! Read more

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Diverticulitis (Definition)

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