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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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What are the tests for diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

What are the tests for diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

Diverticulosis: Because diverticula by themselves usually do not cause problems, most people learn they have diverticulosis during routine screening examinations for colorectal cancer or during tests that check for other intestinal problems. Diverticulitis, on the other hand, is usually diagnosed during an acute attack.

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Dr. Frederick Shieh Dr. Shieh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
years in practice
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What kind of condition is diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

What kind of condition is diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

Colon outpouching: Diverticulosis is an outpouching of the wall of the colon due to a weakness in the colonic wall. Diverticulitis is when something gets stuck in the outpouching, causing an infection to occur there.

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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What are common symptoms of diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

What are common symptoms of diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis: Assuming you have diverticulosis in the first place, the symptoms of diverticulitis would include fever, chills, sweats, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pains usually either in the lower left or lower right aspect. Diverticulitis comes from a ruptured diverticulum. Diverticulosis typically causes no symptoms.

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Dr. Donald Kim Dr. Kim
Surgery - Colorectal
32 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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What is the difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

What is the difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

Osis and itis: Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula, small outpouchings "pockets" typically in the sigmoid colon that develop as people age. This is very common with time. Diverticulitis is inflammation associated with the diverticula and typically requires treatment with antibiotics. The presence of the pockets does not mean you with get diverticulitis.

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Dr. Arthur Heller Dr. Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
39 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Does diverticulosis and diverticulitis usually cause many symptoms?

Does diverticulosis and diverticulitis usually cause many symptoms?

No and yes: Diverticulosis (pockets in the wall of the colon) usually causes no symptoms. May be associated constipation/gas/cramps, but not specifically due to the pockets diverticulitis typical symptoms: pain, usually left lower abd, fever; associated with high WBC count. Urinary symptoms if inflammation affects bladder or ureters. Can recur. Not from plugging of pockets, but blow out of weak wall.

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen Dr. Cohen
Surgery - Colorectal
25 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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How to know if diverticulosis and diverticulitis are the same thing?

How to know if diverticulosis and diverticulitis are the same thing?

Diverticulosis: Of the colon is an acquired condition, when your colon develops outpouchings in its walls. Diverticulitis happens when these things get infected.

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Dr. Eric Kaplan Dr. Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
38 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

2 different answers: Diverticulosis best managed with hi fiber diet and plenty of noncaffeinated fluids, avoiding nuts, seeds, and popcorn. Diverticulitis needs confirmatory diagnostic test which may include ct scan, cbc, physical exam, prior colonoscopy reports and is treated with antibiotics, modified low fiber diet and potentially surgery for recurrent episodes or complications such as abscess, fistula, obstructio.

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Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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How do diverticulitis and diverticulosis differ?

Diverticulosis coli: Is outpouching of lining of colon caused by hypertonic muscles in the walls. When it gets infected or inflamed, it is called diverticulitis.

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Dr. Ly Phan Dr. Phan
Surgery
18 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Is the diet the same for diverticulosis and for diverticulitis?

Is the diet the same for diverticulosis and for diverticulitis?

No: If you have infection (diverticulitis) iiiyour doctor may put you on light diet untill the infection resolve then back to normal diet for dicertictulosis.

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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can bleeding be caused from diverticulosis or diverticulitis, or either?

Can bleeding be caused from diverticulosis or diverticulitis, or either?

"-osis" bleeds.: Our general medical tenet is "diverticulitis doesn't bleed." Diverticulosis can bleed, and the bleeding is rather brisk and scary but tends to stop on its own after a while, not that it shouldn't prompt a visit to the Emergency Room to be safe.

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Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Is it safe to take internal cleansing formulas if I have diverticulitis/diverticulosis?

Is it safe to take internal cleansing formulas if I have diverticulitis/diverticulosis?

Diverticulitis....no: Diverticulitis occurs when a small pocket on your colon ruptures. I would advise against taking anything that might overstimulate the colon during an acute episode of diverticulitis, either from above or below.

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Dr. David Fink Dr. Fink
Family Medicine
35 years in practice
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
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What point should I consider surgery for diverticulitis, 2 flare ups in a month. (had diverticulosis for years) last scope was nov. 13.

What point should I consider surgery for diverticulitis, 2 flare ups in a month. (had diverticulosis for years) last scope was nov. 13.

Discuss with surgeon: Surgery should be a last resort but this is something to discuss with your gastroenterologist and/or surgeon. You should weigh the benefits of having surgery vs the risks, complications of such a surgery.

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Dr. Amy Swegan Dr. Swegan
Surgery
18 years in practice
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine
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What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis?

What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis?

Infected or not: Diverticulosis is a condition where the colon develops small pockets that can bulge out from the wall of the colon. It usually develops in people with constipation. Diverticulitis is a condition where these pockets become infected, requiring antibiotics or sometimes surgery. Hope that helps!

Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can you tell me the symptoms of severe diverticulitis (not diverticulosis)?

Can you tell me the symptoms of severe diverticulitis (not diverticulosis)?

Diverticulitis: Assuming you have diverticulosis in the first place, the symptoms of diverticulitis would include fever, chills, sweats, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pains usually either in the lower left or lower right aspect.

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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Diagnosed with diverticulosis- what is the difference between this and diverticulitis?

Diagnosed with diverticulosis- what is the difference between this and diverticulitis?

Infection or not.: Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticuli, while diverticulitis is an infection of same (technically a micro perforation which leads to infection).

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Dr. Eric Kaplan Dr. Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
38 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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How does diverticulosis turn into diverticulitis? How do you know when latter develops?

How does diverticulosis turn into diverticulitis? How do you know when latter develops?

Infection: Diverticulosis is often with no symptoms. If one of the diverticula becomes obstructed or infected, you develop diverticulitis, with lower abdominal pain, fever, elevated WBC and ct scan confirming diverticulitis.

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Dr. Rifat Naghmi Dr. Naghmi
Internal Medicine
42 years in practice
Bhopal University, Gandhi Medical College
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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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My doctor told me I have diverticulosis. Is it same as diverticulitis?

My doctor told me I have diverticulosis. Is it same as diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis: Assuming you have diverticulosis in the first place, the symptoms of diverticulitis would include fever, chills, sweats, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pains usually either in the lower left or lower right aspect. Diverticulosis is the condition of having diverticuli that are not infected nor bleeding.

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Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Recently diagnosed with diverticulosis (diverticulitis inflammation put me in hospital), what to do?

Recently diagnosed with diverticulosis (diverticulitis inflammation put me in hospital), what to do?

Depends: On location and severity of your diverticulitis. In general, if this is your first episode, chances of needing another hospitalization is about 50% over your lifetime, and chances of eventually requiring surgery is less than 30%. Consult with your GI specialist or surgeon for specific advice on what to do. You should modify your diet in order to minimize chances of further attacks.

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