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Generally yes: Inflammatory bowel disease (crohns and ulcerative colitis) are generally considered to be chronic diseases and generally require lifelong treatment. The disease can become less active over time and ultimately some patients may be able to stop therapy. Some crohn's disease is very mild and patients will go for years before seeking treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Somewhat: There are numerous families where there are children and /or grandchildren, cousins, etc. With these diseases. If both parents have ibd, the incidence is around 50% in the kids. Otherwise about 20% of patients will have a first degree relative with ibd. So you do the math! it isn't exactly hereditary, but there a familial incedence. By the way, the kids of colitis patients often have crohn's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's Possible: Crohn's disease may affect any part of the intestinal tract (mouth-to-anus) whereas diverticulitis usually affects the sigmoid colon. However, both cause inflammation that may be difficult to differentiate by ct scan alone. Colonoscopy and pathology evaluation should aid in the differentiation, as well as one's personal history. ...Read more
Constipation celiac: Celiac disease may have no GI symptoms, and may present with fatigue and anemia, bur classical symptoms are pale loose and greasy stools and weight loss, abdominal pain and cramps and distension, ulcers in the mouth.It can lead to lactose intolerance and may give symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome like constipation alternating with diarrhea, but it is not that common presentation. ...Read more
Unfortunately yes: but you can achieve control of disease with careful medical management is most cases. You need to under the care of a gastroenterologist who specializes in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Try National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis home page for referral to one in your local area. ...Read more
Yes: Celiac disease, especially if one has symptoms or small intestine inflammation/damage, does increase one's risk of small intestine cancer (adenocarcinoma, lymphoma). The increased risk may go to normal if one stays on a completely gluten free diet and stops having intestinal symptoms for many years. Celiac disease is not a risk factor for stomach cancer, according to the american cancer society. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very different: Though the diseases may have similar symptoms they are in fact, very different. By definition, a patient with irritable bowel has no inflammation or other significant abnormalities found in their GI tract which would explain their symptoms. Crohn's patient have visible inflammation somewhere which can be confirmed with biopsy. Both commonly have abdominal pain and/or diarrhea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risk Factor For: Depending on the extent of disease, after 10 -15 years of either ulcerative colitis or crohn's (newer data also links crohn's) - they are considered risk factors for disease. Individuals with long standing ibd are at increased risk for colon cancer and other illnesses. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Intestinal disease: Diverticular disease, or diverticulosis, is when there are several small outpouchings in the wall of the intestines. Most of the time, diverticulosis is asymptomatic. However, inflammation of one of the pouches is called diverticulitis, which can lead to abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends.: It depends on which one of these you have, and how extreme an example it is. Crohn's and ulcerative colitis increase a person's risk for cancer in the intestine and colon respectively. But all 3 may need diet changes, suppportive therapy, pain killers, and other therapy for control, and all 3 can be very debilitative, and sensitive to and cause stress. So it depends on your own situation also. ...Read more
How does straining for a bowel movement cause diverticular disease when this action squeezes the colon from the outside (diverticula push out not in)?
Colon disease: Diverticulae in the colon are small "holes" in the wall of the bowel, in essence little pockets in the lining of the colon. They interfere with the normal function of the colon and sharp food stuffs like nuts and seeds can be trapped in them, which can lead to bleeding and infections. Uusally treated by improving dietary intake of fiber, fluids and exercise. ...Read more
Diverticula: An esophageal diverticulum is a small Outpouching of the lining of the esophagus. Most of the time it is of little consequence. Unless they tell you yours is clinically significant, I would not worry about it. Good luck. ...Read more
Are outpouchings...: I'm assuming you mean colonic diverticulosis--a permanent outpouching of the colon lining. Diverticular complications include: inflammation (diverticulitis), bleeding, fistulas, perforation. Only surgery can remove diverticulosis (by removing the involved segment of colon), but adding more fiber to your diet can help prevent formation of new diverticular pockets. When inflammed, antibiotics help. ...Read more
Had a cystoscopy dr said urethra inflamed no cause would he have seen a diverticula if i had one?
Yes: He would most likely have seen it via direct visualization. ...Read more
If i recently had a full body pet scan and it detected diverticula, but nothing else, do I still need to do a colonoscopy?
Had a cystoscopy and it showed a pocket in my bladder and i seen some white balls in there. What is that? Could diverticula be from hysterectomy?
I had a utereroscopy a couple days ago & it showed a stone in the calyceal diverticula. No stone was removed. Please explain. Can it be left alone?
Depends: More information is needed. Discuss it with your urologist. I am sure he or she would be glad to explain based on your findings. ...Read more
Recent colonoscopy could not be completed due to multiple diverticula with associated hypertrophy of Muscle, could this be cancerous?
Yes but less likely: if you have extensive diverticulosis this can be a problem to advance the camera through certain areas. If you have had diverticulitis before you may develop narrowings in the colon. When the colonoscopy is incomplete it is not possible to completely rule out cancer, and therefore an image test is recommended (such as barium enema, virtual CT colonoscopy, etc) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A trend, yes because: all diverticuli=openings through the muscular wall of the colon through which colonic mucosal lining has been pushed by intracolonic pressure higher than intra-abdominal pressure. Around the diverticuli, the only tissue separating fecal (~50% bacteria by volume & wt.) material from the intra-abdominal space is the thin, fragile mucosal lining. Drivers: stalling evacuating, constipation, dehydation ...Read more
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