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Had perforated colon. 5 inches descending colon removed. Do I still need to follow a diet for diverticulosis?

Had perforated colon. 5 inches descending colon removed. Do I still need to follow a diet for diverticulosis?

Eat well...: It's never too late to start eating well. At 45 with a history of diverticulitis, i'd recommend a broad diet with adequate fibre, and try to lower your fat content. It wouldn't hurt to add a cheap bulk laxative. You don't need to avoid seeds or salads, though I do suggest you limit your intake of nuts and popcorn - not an absolute moratorium, just not a daily diet. Good luck.

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Hi my husband had one foot of the acending and descending colon removed due toi diverticulitis and cancer. He suffers from severe diarrhea help!?

Hi my husband had one foot of the acending and descending colon removed due toi diverticulitis and cancer. He suffers from severe diarrhea help!?

Call your surgeon: How long ago was the surgery? Diarrhea early after surgery is common. Drink plenty of liquids. Add metamucil 3 times a day to the diet. Ask tthe surgeon if immodium can be used or not to slow the bowels.

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What is meant by mass colon in descending colon?

What is meant by mass colon in descending colon?

The descending: Colon is the part of your colon on the left side of your body. I presume you mean mass in the colon. This would imply a tumor/polyp...talk to your doc about the results.

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3-5mm Sessile polyp removed from descending colon during colonoscopy. What are the odds it's a hyperplastic polyp? Should I be concerned?

3-5mm Sessile polyp removed from descending colon during colonoscopy. What are the odds it's a hyperplastic polyp? Should I be concerned?

Wait for pathology: Your Gastroenterologist will have sent the polyp to a pathologist for study. I'm sure his office will call you to let you know the results. (S)he will advise you what to do next.

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What causes gas in the descending colon?

What causes gas in the descending colon?

Fermentation: Trillions of bacteria call your colon home and they release gases as a biproduct of their breakdown of undigestible carbohydrates and fiber reaching the colon. It's normal. Good luck!

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What does a redundant descending colon do?

What does a redundant descending colon do?

Constipation: Extra long colon can serve to obsorb more water but also slow down fecal transist time leading to potential constipation.

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What could be the cause of bloated descending colon?

What could be the cause of bloated descending colon?

Multiple: The possibilities include just "normal" gas. Gas can be caused by foods with a lot of insoluble fiber (roughage), or by lactose intolerance. Also excessively greasy foods can cause gas as well. Rarely, there are abnormal twists (volvulus) of the sigmoid colon which can cause bloating. Lastly, cancerous growths can cause a blockage and bloating of the colon. See your doctor.

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Cause of adhesion in descending colon?

Need more info..: I would need more medical history. How was the condition diagnised? What were the colonoscooy or x-ray findings? Has there been past surgery or injury? Postoperative scarring from prior surgery can occur but often does not affect the left colon. Diverticulitis can can scarring and colon blockage, but unusual at age 39.

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Where is distal transverse colon located, whether it is after descending colon?

Where is distal transverse colon located, whether it is after descending colon?

Anatomy?: The transverse colon is riding roughly horizontally on top of the abdomen and the distal part is the part which is closest to the part when the colon descends to become the descending colon. Just curious as to why you are asking this question since the info is readily available in the internet.

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Colon resection of descending colon. How much can be removed and still be reversed?

Colon resection of descending colon. How much can be removed and still be reversed?

What's gone is...: Gone, but can function quite well with what's left. Colon is about 5-6 feet long. Can do well with the remaining amount. Any surgery can cause internal scars (adhesions), which could cause obstructive issues in the future (or not).

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Diarrhear for 2 years after removal of 1ft each of ascending and descending colon. How to treat it?

Diarrhear for 2 years after removal of 1ft each of ascending and descending colon. How to treat it?

Ask for help: Removal of valve between small intestine and colon may allow more bile to enter colon, irritating it and causing diarrhea. Bile blockers like Cholestyramine often help, plus anti-diarrheal agents like imodium, (loperamide) calcium and fiber. Discuss this problem with your doctor (GI) or surgeon who may offer other solutions too.

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Child had colonoscopy done which showed some prominent lymphoid tissue in the descending colon. What does this mean?

Child had colonoscopy done which showed some prominent lymphoid tissue in the descending colon. What does this mean?

Inflammation: Prominent lymph tissue usually signals some type of inflammation. Deciding what is causing the inflammation is the more difficult aspect here. It could be post-infectious (after a viral GI infection), could be a more systemic infection like mono, could be allergies/food sensitivities....The list goes on. Need to work closely with peds GI to determine if clinically significant and identify cause.

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6mm attached sessile polyp (in descending colon), 2-5mm rectum, diminutive polyps. Haven't gotten my results back yet from 7/2 should I be concerened?

6mm attached sessile polyp (in descending colon), 2-5mm rectum, diminutive polyps. Haven't gotten my results back yet from 7/2 should I be concerened?

Depending on: The histology of the polyp survillance colonoscopy may be required every 3- 5 years except for hyperplastic polyp which has no cancer potential

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Evidence of mild wall thickening in descending colon, maximum thickness is 5.8 mm. What does it mean & is it a cause to worry? Is it related to cancer

Doubtful finding: It depends on why you had your Colon checked? So tell us your complete medical history and also what type of test was done which showed the colon wall thickening? . Any imaging study that shows slight/mild changes is of doubtful significance. So we have to rely more on your symptoms. Unless you have belly pain or problems with your bowel movements, you can ignore this finding.

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Colonoscopy stated erythema in descending colon, what does this mean and should I be worried?

Colonoscopy stated erythema in descending colon, what does this mean and should I be worried?

Depends: Why was the colonoscopy done? Erythema means redness and it could be from many reasons, including chronic constipation. By itself is is not an item to worry about. You should discuss it with the doctor who performed the colonoscopy. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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Is it common to get an obstruction of the descending colon.?

Is it common to get an obstruction of the descending colon.?

Yes: This can be caused by cancer, benign stricture, diverticulitis, adhesions, or volvulous (twist).

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