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Diverticulitis (Overview)

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.


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What is the definition or description of: diverticulitis?

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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Diverticulitis (Overview)

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.


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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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