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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Only rarely: Inflammation can cause bleeding, blockage or can allow a hole with a leak to occur. This is almost always in the large intestine. It can cause a big abscess reaction and the reaction of the body to wall this off might trap the small intestine and kink or block it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely: If there is enough inflammation or infection from diverticulitis, then rarely the small intestine can become attached to the colon and secondarily become inflamed or kinked in the reaction. I have seen this occur on rare occaision. So typically a small bowel obstruction would not occur in diverticulitis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've had left abdomen pain, occasional hard bowel movements and microscopic blood in stool. Now notice I have some small areas of black tar stool that I haven't yet told doctor. Her working differencal is IBS with diverticulitis. Is correct w/ tar?
Melena: Black tarry stool, otherwise known as melena, can sometimes be due to diverticulitis, but certainly can be a sign of bleeding in the upper digestive tract. You should share this new finding with your doctor and see if it affects her working differential. You may need tests to rule out an upper gastrointestinal source of bleeding. Good luck. ...Read more
Maybe not GI related: Causes of recurrent abdominal discomfort as described may be identified by first addressing accompanying signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniations? Age? Gender? Risks? ...Read more
I have mngie disease as well as diverticulitis of the small bowel. Do I have any options for treatment?
Unknown: You have a very rare disorder that's been reported in less than 100 patients. It's associated with neurological conditions as well as GI ones with pathognomonic findings on mri. You would be best followed at an ultra specialized center where they are involved in research. You can find links on the web via the nlm - national library of medicine. ...Read more
Can diverticulitis cause your lower back and abdomen to hurt and be diagnosed just with a rectal exam?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can: It depends on the location of the pain; typical might be left lower abdomen or pelvic, associated with the sigmoid colon inflammation. If you are having fevers or all-over abdominal pain, or signs of infection you should see your doctor; consider taking a daily fiber supplement. ...Read more
Prob not: Probably not. Usually pain with a bowel movement is the result of either an anal fissure or external hemorrhoid. Neither one is dangerous and both are easily treated. Diverticulitis will usually give a patient fever and abdominal pain. The pain is more constant in nature. How long have you had this pain and is there any bleeding associated with the bm? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I discharged myself from hospital against medical advice. I have a perforated bowel and diverticulitis what should I do to get better?
What could cause my bowel to perforate if it was not diverticulitis. The cat scan was unclear as to why i formed a large 12 CM abcess ?
Diverticulitis: The most common cause is diverticulitis, but if there is a large amount of inflammation, it may not be easy to make the diagnosis. Tumors of the colon can also perforate. Usually you will be treated either with antibiotics and have repeat evaluation, or you will be a candidate for a temporary colostomy to allow things to heal. At that time, a definitive diagnosis can be made. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I eat fiber foods every day and have a bowel movement every day yet I had 2 diverticulitis attacks with in 3 months why do I get them?
Can a daily routine (years) of excessive straining on the bowel cause a loss of peristalsis in the colon? What is the chance of diverticulitis?
NO: The straining won't cause loss of normal gut motility, but it could cause anorectal problems, such as hemorrhoids. I suggest you focus on a good, fibre rich diet, good hydration, and add a bulk laxative to your daily regimen. These steps will not only help your bowel function, thus reducing your need to strain, but will also reduce your risk of diverticular disease. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends: You are young to get diverticulitis. Have you had a diagnosis with colonoscopy or other test? Diverticulitis is an infection that needs treatment with antibiotics & can be a serious infection. Diverticulosis is having small pouches on the colon and is treated with high fiber diet, fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. ...Read more
Not necessarily: most cases are treated medically with antibiotics. Some severe or complicated cases are managed with surgery because simple antibiotic treatment is not helpful. cases such as abscess formation, obstruction, or worsening of your health because of the infection, would be reasons to operate, which would be lifesaving ...Read more
Diverticulitis. Sigmoidectomy 2014. Just had another bout. Dr. says may have to remove large intestine. Logical? I can't find much online.
General Surgery: You should consult a physician in General Surgery/Colon and Rectal Surgery at an academic medical center designated as a tertiary care medical center. Diverticulitis is treated with bowel rest, nasogastric suction, and antibiotics, however, the level of infection may be grave, and in certain cases a resection may be necessary. An expert opinion is a reasonable course of action. ...Read more
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