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Dr. Myron Redd
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What is the definition or description of: diverticulitis?

Dr. Myron Redd
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What is the definition or description of: diverticulitis?

Inflamation: Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with or after bowel movements. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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For about how long does diverticulitis accumulate in the body?

Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Managing Diverticulitis (Tip)

Managing Diverticulitis

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

Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Managing Diverticulitis (Checklist)

Eat a high fiber diet
Daily
Drink 80-100 oz of fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Daily
Don't eat nuts, seeds, or popcorn.
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Board Certified, Family Medicine
9 years in practice
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How common is fever as a symptom for diverticulitis?

Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Board Certified, Family Medicine
9 years in practice
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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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Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What are other conditions with symptoms similar to diverticulitis?

Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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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Dr. Crystal Twynham
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Managing Diverticulitis (Tip)

Managing Diverticulitis

You don't need to avoid nuts and seeds anymore. ...See more

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
24 years in practice
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Surgeon did a "scope" test recently for colostomy removal/reversal. Will this test reveal any signs of diverticulitis? I know it shows pollyps etc.

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
24 years in practice
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Surgeon did a "scope"  test recently for colostomy removal/reversal.  Will this test reveal any signs of diverticulitis?  I know it shows pollyps etc.

Diverticulosis: Diverticulitis causes inflammation outide the colon. The scope is to rule out polyps or cancer prior to colostomy closure. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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Mystery upper left abdominal pain for four years. Gallbladder removed, endless dr visits and no diagnosis. Diverticulitis, colitis, gallbladder rem.

Dr. Mark Pack
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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Mystery upper left abdominal pain for four years. Gallbladder removed, endless dr visits and no diagnosis.  Diverticulitis, colitis, gallbladder rem.

Too complex: This is too complex and too long of a problem to be able to cover in this setting. See your doctor/surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Managing Diverticulitis (Tip)

Managing Diverticulitis

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

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