diverticulitis

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What is diverticulitis?

Inflammation inside

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Diverticulitis is to denote the inflammation usually by infection inside a small pouching-out pocket from the wall of colon usually in the descending and sigmoid colon. It may cause severe local pain and systemic symptoms such as fever. Occasionally, it may rupture and slowly extend to the urinary bladder, called enterovesical fistula. Talk and work with Doctor for detail...
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Diet for diverticulitis?

Early vs. Late

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Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a LOW-RESIDUE diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence
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Is diverticulitis serious?

Possibly

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Diverticulitis is inflammation of the large bowel (also known as the colon). The inflammation results from simple infection to catastrophic perforation with leakage of contents into the abdomen. Most patients experience very minimal symptoms and are easily treated with antibiotics. However, some patients present with life-threatening symptoms, requiring hospitalization and emergency surgery.
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Can you cure diverticulitis?

Yes

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Surgery can remove the segment of the colon that is having diverticulitis. However, usually it is done after a course of antibiotics to treat the active infection.
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What is diverticulitis vs osis?

Bad/Not-So-Bad

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DIVERTICULOSIS is the condition where little pockets form on the colon at natural weak points. This is very common in the Western World, presumably secondary to our diet, and increases with age. DIVERTICULITIS is the condition where one of these pockets RUPTURES, leading to the release of intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity, causing (sometimes severe) inflammation and pain.
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Can diverticulitis be dangerous?

Possibly

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Most cases of diverticulitis are mild and readily treated with antibiotics and diet change. However, diverticulitis is a spectrum from mild to severe. The most severe cases require emergency surgery and can result in the need for a temporary colostomy formation. Talk to your physician about when or if you should consider an elective operation for removal of part of your colon.
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Can you die from diverticulitis?

It is rare

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Diverticulitis has various potential complications which ranges from minor infection which responds well to oral antibiotics, to severe infection and peritonitis caused by spillage of stool from colon into the abdominal cavity. In severe cases it usually needs surgery and in these cases patient may end up having a colostomy. These days it is so rare to die from diverticulitis.
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Diverticulitis food plan? Grains?

High fiber, fluids

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In general, the most advantageous diet for those with diverticulosis or wwho have had an episode of diverticulitis is a high fiber diet with plenty of fluids. Fiber rich foods include fruits, veggies, whole grain cereals and breads.
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What is diverticulitis treatment?

Antibiotics

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Usually antibiotics. Severe cases may require surgery.
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How do you treat diverticulitis

Antibiotics/liquids

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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 .
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