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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Had 4 CT scans spread over 3 years, diverticulosis dx, rigid sigmoid to 35 cm, no evidence of cancer, but sympotomatic 3 years, cancer??

Had 4 CT scans spread over 3 years, diverticulosis dx, rigid sigmoid to 35 cm, no evidence of cancer, but sympotomatic 3 years, cancer??

Unlikely to be Cancer: Cancer in the Colon is uncommon under 40 years of age. So you should not worry about it. You have already had too much done to you. CT scan is not a good test for Colon Cancer. So I would not have done it one time, yet you have had it 4 times! What symptoms do you have? We can help you to control your symptoms now that you have had all this testing. ...Read more

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Bowel issues 3 years, 4 Ct scans over that time with oral contrast, sigmoidoscopy to 35 cm, only diverticulosis seen, chances of missed cancer?

Bowel issues 3 years, 4 Ct scans over that time with oral contrast, sigmoidoscopy to 35 cm, only diverticulosis seen, chances of missed cancer?

Slim: in spite of the low chance of missing a cancer, a complete colonoscopy would examine the rest of the colon not visualized on sigmoidoscopy. CT is only fair to see colon cancers unless large because stool may get in the way. If you are still concerned then talking to your doctor may resolve these issues. ...Read more

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Lots of mucus in stool, pellety stool (at times stuck together), occaision blood. Had 4 CT scans over three years, nothing but diverticulosis. Cancer?

Cancer: I believe your problem is one of constipation as illustrated by your pellet like stools with occasional blood and mucus. Your constipation has probably led to your diverticulosis. a change to a high fiber consisting of fruits, vegetables, legume, beans, raisins, figs, dates, prunes and nuts plus high fiber cereals may be very helpful. As you can see I don't believe you have cancer ...Read more

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Dx with IBS, 4 Ct scans over last 3 years, just show diverticulosis (not itis), narrow stools or small pebbly stools, mucus, ocaisional blood, cancer?

Dx with IBS, 4 Ct scans over last 3 years, just show diverticulosis (not itis), narrow stools or small pebbly stools, mucus, ocaisional blood, cancer?

Probably not: This is probably not caner, but you may want to report your symptoms to your doctor to see if she thinks a colonoscopy would be helpful. ...Read more

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Had CT scan abd today & found to have diverticulosis. How serious is this ?

Had CT scan abd today & found to have diverticulosis. How serious is this ?

Very common: Diverticulosis is a common condition of the colon caused by our poor American diet and lack of fiber. It becomes a problem if the small colonic pockets found in this condition become infected. This leads to diverticulitis which is a severe intrabdominal infection, sometimes requiring IV antibiotics or even surgery. A high fiber diet and avoidance of seed contains foods or nuts can prevent problems ...Read more

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A CT scan found that I have moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon. What does this mean?

A CT scan found that I have moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon. What does this mean?

Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis is essentially caused by pressure. Straining at stool causes pressure within the colon, and that pressure seeks to escape through weak points in the intestinal wall. When escaping, the pressure takes some of the intestinal lining along for the ride causing pouches (diverticuli). Low fiber diet leads to straining at stool, hence the recommendation of high fiber diet. ...Read more

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One part of my CT scan report says "diverticulosis without CT evidence of acute intraabdominal or pelvic process". Is there any need for worry?

One part of my CT scan report says "diverticulosis without CT evidence of acute intraabdominal or pelvic process".  Is there any need for worry?

No infection.: Diverticulosis by itself is not dangerous. Just requires a high fiber diet in the long run. Diverticuli can bleed or become infected but the lack of an acute process on the CT tells us that there's nothing to worry about right now. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Diverticulosis (Definition)

Diverticulosis is a medication condition in which a person has outpouchings in the wall of his large intestine. Sometimes food particles can get trapped in the pocket, and if it becomes infected or inflamed, the condition ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticular Diseases (Definition)

Diverticular disease is a condition where pouches protrude outward from weakened areas in the colon and result in abdominal ...Read more