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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
561 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