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What to do if I have several sigmoid colonic diverticuli, is this why my sides hurt or am I just imaging that.?

What to do if I have several sigmoid colonic diverticuli, is this why my sides hurt or am I just imaging that.?

Diverticuli: Diverticuli are outpouchings of the wall the bowel, most commonly the large bowel. Diverticulitis is inflammation of these outpouchings. This can be serious and usually is associated with fever and abdominal pain. The sigmoid colon is mostly in the midline and inflammation in this area usually causes midline lower abdominal pain. A high fiber diet is recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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How do polyps and sigmoid colonic diverticuli differ?

How do polyps and sigmoid colonic diverticuli differ?

Differet: these are different problems: polyps are little (although sometimes large) growths in the colon. Diverticulas are pockets that protrude outside the colon. ...Read more

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What are the diverticula in your colon for?

What are the diverticula in your colon for?

Nothing: They are acquired from elevated intracolonic pressures created from a lack of dietary fiber. ...Read more

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What would cause a perforated colon if not diverticulitis?

What would cause a perforated colon if not diverticulitis?

Many things: Poor blood flow, foreign objects, ulcers, severe constipation (stercoral ulcers), .... Many many things. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about diverticulitis within the colon? How is this cured if not malignant situation?

Can you tell me about diverticulitis within the colon? How is this cured if not malignant situation?

Cured by surgery: diverticulosis is a condition in the colon,most likely in the left part and sigmoid.defined as a multiple pocket created in the colon that has the tendency to get inflamed and create a micro abscesses that later becomes a large one, it can cause pain that progressively become worst and condition can get complicated by bleeding,perforation,abscess,and obstruction that will warrant emergency surgery ...Read more

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Can a colon cleanse using super colon cleanse cause diverticulitis. Ive been doing a cleanse and dr confirmed diverticulitis

I am not aware: of any medical evidence that relates colon cleanse to acute diverticulitis. There is evidence that chronic laxative use can lead to colon motility problems, however. ...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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Was given a scope test in colon area. It showed a stricture from earlier surgery 4 diver. Do I need another test to find diverticulitis in same area?

Was given a scope test in colon area. It showed a stricture from earlier surgery 4  diver. Do I need another test to find diverticulitis in same area?

Don't know: I am not sure i understand, but maybe you had colon resection surgery for diverticulitis, and later you had a colonoscopy showing a stricture or narrowing at the surgical site. Unless you are having painful constipation issues, the stricture can be left alone. If the stricture is very narrow, likely your gastroenterologist can dilate it open. I do not know of needing any other tests for this. ...Read more

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Does colon tumor lead to diverticulitis?

Does colon tumor lead to diverticulitis?

No: Colon cancer does not cause diverticulitis. But you can develop diverticulitis independently while having colon cancer. ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis play a role in herniation of the colon?

No.: These are two separate diagnoses. A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the colon may protrude, albeit rarely. Diverticulitis is inflammation of the colon brought about by the rupture of a diverticulum. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is it recommended to have a colonic irrigation while battling with diverticulitis?

Can you let me know is it recommended to have a colonic irrigation while battling with diverticulitis?

No, probably not: A good idea. While you have active diverticulitis, it is important to rest the area while the infection heals. If you apply any excess pressure, as with irrigation, the inflamed area can perforate into the peritoneal cavity and cause fecal peritonitis. That goes for enemas too. ...Read more

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Trying to find a diet for someone who has had most of colon removed and has diverticulitis. Any ideas?

Trying to find a diet for someone who has had most of colon removed and has diverticulitis. Any ideas?

How do you know?: To help with that question, how much of the colon was removed, which portions are left, and how are they "put together"? How do you know they have diverticulitis? The best answer to this is to make an appontment with your doctor, otherwise the standard avoidance of nuts, seeds, and popcorn is appropriate but more specific data should be gotten from your personal physician. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis lead to colon cancer?

No: Although there doesn't appear to be a direct link between diverticular disease and colon or rectal cancer, diverticular disease may make cancer more difficult to diagnose. And rarely, what appears to be diverticulitis may be colon cancer. Because of this, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy after you've recovered from a bout of diverticulitis. ...Read more

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How do I know perforated colon cause from cancer or diverticulitis?

How do I know  perforated colon cause from cancer or diverticulitis?

Perforation: Acute perforation can be caused by acute diverticulitis or colon cancer. Shen there is a perforation emergency surgery is required and the removal of the perforated segment of colon is reviewed by a pathologist which can help differentiate between colon cancer and diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Does 29 years old can have colon cancer and diverticulitis the same time?

Does 29 years old  can have colon cancer and diverticulitis the same time?

Possible: Yes there is possibility . Please see gastroenterologist to be evaluate via colonoscopy . There are certain hereditary colon cancer that may associated with early age. ...Read more

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What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

No: A low fiber diet is used to treat acute diverticulitis and is low in fiber foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables. It is only used for a finite period of time to allow healing of the inflammation. I high fiber diet is recommended for diverticulosi and may have protective features regarding colon cancer prevention. ...Read more

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Colon just done. Have congential diverticuli on my right side(born with it). Doc says not causing any issues. What should I avoid?

Colon just done.  Have congential diverticuli on my right side(born with it).  Doc says not causing any issues. What should I avoid?

Probaby nothing: Right sided diverticula rarely are complicated by diverticulits because the stool on the right side of the colon is mostly liquid. The old theory of avoiding nuts and seeds in patients with diverticulosis has been disproven. Just eat a high fiber, low fat, healthy diet. ...Read more

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I recently had my appendix out & was told I have diverticula in my sigmoid colon. How dangerous is this?

I recently had my appendix out & was told I have diverticula in my sigmoid colon.  How dangerous is this?

Diverticula: Most americans have diverticula, little outpouchings in the colon wall. They rarely cause problems but can get infected, diverticulitis, or cause significant lower GI bleeding. However, most of us do not develop these. The best thing for you to do is eat a high fiber diet and try to prevent constipation. However, in reality we do not recommend avoiding any particular food to prevent problems. ...Read more

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Diverticulis - what sort of diet would effectively prevent diverticulosis? (assuming that diverticuli are present in the colon)

Diverticulis - what sort of diet would effectively prevent diverticulosis? (assuming that diverticuli are present in the colon)

High fiber.: Sorry to break it to you, but of you have diverticuli already, then you have diverticulosis. A high fiber diet will lessen the number of diverticuli in your future and will hopefully reduce the episodes of bleeding and infection. ...Read more

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My mom has had diverticulitis since february, 2012. She is 85 and the gostrologist is suggesting surgery on her colon. Is she to old? She is healthy

No: There is no age that is too old. I have done much larger and more serious operations on patients her elder and they have done fine. It all has to do with her overall health status. And .... It depend on how much your mom wants it. Maybe she's tired and doesn't want to deal with it. It's ultimately up to her - but her age does not preclude her from surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more