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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Overview)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches in the digestive tract.


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For about how long does diverticulitis accumulate in the body?

For about how long does diverticulitis accumulate in the body?

No "accumulation": Diverticuli are little pockets of the colon that are prone to rupture, causing inflammation at the site of perforation, called diverticulitis. This will usually close off without surgical rx, often requiring antibiotics, either "by mouth" or intravenously, depending on the severity of the episode. The length of therapy varies with the severity of the episode, from days to weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
566 doctors shared insights

Diverticulitis (Overview)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches in the digestive tract.


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How common is fever as a symptom for diverticulitis?

How common is fever as a symptom for diverticulitis?

Common.: A low grade temperature (high 99s to 100s) is common with diverticulitis. Usually people have left lower abdominal pain (70% of people). It is sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting (20-60%), constipation (50%), or diarrhea (25-35%). However, if you have no fever, but have all the other symptoms, see your doctor, because you can still have diverticulitis without a temperature! cheers! ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Tip)

Diverticulitis pts may eat corn, nuts, seeds. More important is 8oz water and 30 gm fiber daily. ...See more

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Managing Diverticulitis (Checklist)

Eat a high fiber diet
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Drink 80-100 oz of fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
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Don't eat nuts, seeds, or popcorn.
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What are other conditions with symptoms similar to diverticulitis?

What are other conditions with symptoms similar to diverticulitis?

Crohn's: Diverticulitis has similar symptoms as crohn' s disease and colon cancer. Hence investigations are required to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Tip)

Diverticulosis is different than diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can be an emergency. ...See more

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What diagnostic criteria would a radiologist have to fulfill in order to definitively diagnose diverticulitis on a CT without contrast scan?

Inflammation : Without contrast it is hard, but on occasions they can see the inflammation surrounding the colin and air pockets or diverticuli in the colon around an area of inflammation. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Tip)

Do not sit at home. Do see your doctor. Do follow-up. ...See 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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Not sure if colitis or diverticulitis. What are the tests?

Not sure if colitis or diverticulitis. What are the tests?

Same work up!: When you have crampy abdominal pain with fevers or chills you can be diagnosed with colitis. Colitis is inflammation of the colon and can be due to infection, inflammatory bowel diseases or blood supply issues. Diverticulitis is caused when a small pocket in the colon pops and bacteria spills outside the wall of the colon. Ct scan is the best diagnostic tool. ...Read more

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Is diverticulitis serious I have diverticulitis and wanted to know if it is serious

Is diverticulitis serious I have diverticulitis and wanted to know if it is serious

Diverticulitis : Diverticulitis can become serious. Inflammation around the colon occurs when small bubbles on the wall of the colon rupture. If the ruptured area does not spread the process is self-limited and the infection that results can be treated with antibiotics, often on an outpatient basis with oral pills. If the ruptured area spills more contaminated material than can be contained, i.e. Spread of infection occurs, serious infection can result and require emergency surgery. Elective surgery should be considered if a patient has more than one or 2 episodes of diverticulitis to avoid the development of an emergency, since emergency colon surgery often leads to the need for a temporary colostomy (bag). Also diverticulitis needs to be confirmed as the diagnosis by studies of the colon, e.g. Colonoscopy, to be certain something else, like colon cancer, is not to blame for the symptoms. ...Read more

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Does holding gas in you body cause diverticulitis?

No: There are no known specific causes of diverticulitis. Diet does not seem to play a role. A high fiber diet is recommended though not proven beneficial. The commonly heard advice to avoid small undigestible foods (such as nuts and seeds) because they may theoretically become lodged in a diverticulum is completely unproven and is probably little more than an old wives' tale. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Tip)

Eating a diet high in fiber can help reduce your symptoms and flare-ups. ...See more

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Does pain under ribs from diverticulitis mean it is spreading to intestine?

Does pain under ribs from diverticulitis mean it is spreading to intestine?

No: Not likely. A perforated diverticulitis can cause peritonitis, but this would be more diffuse. ...Read more

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How do you treat diverticulitis

Antibiotics/liquids: Diverticulitis is treated initially with intravenous antibiotics and oral clear liquids with a change to oral antibiotics when the pain is resolving and the signs of infection (fever & elevated white blood count) are improving. A colonoscopy is indicated a few weeks after resolution to be sure there is not a cancer. Cases complicated by perforation may require immediate surgical intervention ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Tip)

Keep bowel soft and regular. Avoid food with nuts and seeds, like tomato, strawberries, and peanuts. ...See more

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What should I do at home to treat an attack of diverticulitis?

What should I do at home to treat an attack of diverticulitis?

See your doctor.: First and foremost, if you suspect that you are having an episode of diverticulitis, you need to see your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for outpatient treatment. If so, oral antibiotics and a liquid diet are advisable until the pain +/- fever resolves. ...Read more

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