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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
Lingering diverticulitis on Flagyl and keflex. What happens next if this doesn't help? I have extensive diverticula all the way to right side of colon
Waves of pain/burning on/off where I have a diverticula at the top part of desc. Colon. Could this be from stool in pouch then subsides when it passes?
Pain: Yes your pain can be stemming from your diverticulum as fills and empties from stool. ...Read more