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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...

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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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Pain lower right stomach and around hip could this be diverticulitis? Been diagnosed with colonoscopy

Pain lower right stomach and around hip could this be diverticulitis? Been diagnosed with colonoscopy

Diverticulitis.: If you have diverticulosis that has been confirmed by colonoscopy and you are now having pain in your right lower abdominal quadrant, then you very well may be having an attack of diverticulitis. Antibiotics may be in order. ...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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I did a CT scan came back negative for diverticulitis but showed a narrowing of the colon. 3cm. Other organs are ok. Does it mean I have colon cancer? I have no blood in stool but I had two episode of complete blockage with vomiting. Colonoscopy next

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy, that you planning, should settle the issue.
Wish you good health!
Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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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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Someone has to prove to me that my diverticulosis isn't caused by insufflation from my colonoscopy. No studies deny it and all my tests point to it.?

Someone has to prove to me that my diverticulosis isn't caused by insufflation from my colonoscopy. No studies deny it and all my tests point to it.?

We don't have the: Power to change your mind. We don't know what your medical history is or what your tests showed. I feel no need to try to prove anything to you. However, if your surgeon diagnosed you with diverticulosis & has photos from your colonoscopy you could ask to be shown these with explanation of what is being seen. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy once and recently had diverticolitis, with infection, could I have contracted it from a dirty scope. How do I know they are clean?

I had a colonoscopy once and recently had diverticolitis, with infection, could I have contracted it from a dirty scope. How do I know they are clean?

Colonoscope: There are standard cleansing techniques employed by all reputable doctors performing these procedures. That having been said, diverticulitis will never be caused by a "dirty" colonoscope. This is an anatomic abnormality with outpouchings of the wall of the colon which are prone to perforation and infection spreading outside the gut. Nothing whatever to do with the procedure. ...Read more

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IBS and diverticulis history and considering resection. Had colonoscopy yesterday and pain today. What should I do.

IBS and diverticulis history and considering resection. Had colonoscopy yesterday and pain today. What should I do.

Not enough info: Many factors go into the decision to recommend an operation, including a complete history, exam, lab and X-ray data, as well as risks and benefits of all the different options based on you individual situation. Your surgeon is the best one to know all those factors. ...Read more

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My doc. Says he thinks my bowel is inflamed -diverticolitis. Now -a colonoscopy. Is it possible that it mgt not show bt I could still have it?

My doc. Says he thinks my bowel is inflamed -diverticolitis. Now -a colonoscopy. Is it possible that it mgt not show bt I could still have it?

Dx of diverticulitis: If you have diverticulosis (non-inflamed out-pockets of the colon), it should be visible on a colonoscopy performed by a gastroenterologist. However, if your diverticuli are inflamed (i.e. Diverticulitis), the risk of perforation with colonoscopy may be unacceptable. Under the circumstance your doctor may instead evaluate with a pelvic and abdominal ct scan to rule out diverticular complications. ...Read more

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I had colonoscopy done last week and findings is scattered diverticulosis and internal hemorrhoids what does this mean and should I worry?

I had colonoscopy done last week and findings is scattered diverticulosis and internal hemorrhoids what does this mean and should I worry?

Don't worry: Diverticulosis is present in most people over the age of 60, and while it can lead to problems, they are unpredictable, rare, and unpreventable. Internal hemorrhoids are also extraordinarily common to find at colonoscopy, and require no treatment or follow up unless causing some problem. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Biopsy colonoscopy clear, still having pain in colon/tender to touch diverticulosis diag. Can diverticulits flare have settled but still cause pain?

Possible: Diverticular patients may have chronic low grade discomfort in left lower quadrant, but after a flare of diverticulitis it may take several weeks for the pain to settle down. ...Read more

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How to effectively treat ibs-c? My colonoscopy results= two 5-10 mm benign polyps, diverticulosis and melanosis. I am a man 38 years old.

How to effectively treat ibs-c? My colonoscopy results= two 5-10 mm benign polyps, diverticulosis and melanosis. I am a man 38 years old.

Constipation: High-fiber diet with a lot of water every day and even prune juice may help. There are medications by prescription for chronic constipation and ibs with predominance of constipation. The polyps need to be followed depending on the pathology. Ongoing symptoms then reconsult your gastroenterologist. Read more at browardgi. Com. ...Read more

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I have diverticulosis diagnosed by CT and colonoscopy. This is my 3rd attack this year. Just wondering when surgical intervention is advisable?

I have diverticulosis diagnosed by CT and colonoscopy. This is my 3rd attack this year. Just wondering when surgical intervention is advisable?

There's no set time: In the old days it used to be 3 attacks and surgery was indicated. Now we tend to rely on the severity of attacks, complications associated with attacks, is there a complete resolution of diverticulitis after each episode. You should discuss this with your primary physician as well as a surgeon. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Definition)

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