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Doctor insights on: Gastroenteritis Vs Diverticulitis

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Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Is gastroenteritis along the same lines as diverticulitis?

Is gastroenteritis along the same lines as diverticulitis?

Similarities are: only that the 2 conditions occur in the gi tract and they are both inflammatory conditions. That is where similarity ends. Gastroenteritis is usually an infection that mainly affects the mucosa or inner lining. Diverticulitis is an infection that happens in an outpouching of the intestine, usually colon. Stomach flu is a form of viral gastroenteritis. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
830 doctors shared insights

Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Diet for diverticulitis?

Diet for diverticulitis?

Early vs. Late: 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. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Sucher Dr. Sucher
Surgery - Trauma
22 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Is diverticulitis serious?

Is diverticulitis serious?

Possibly: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Siamak Milanchi Dr. Milanchi
Surgery - Colorectal
21 years in practice
Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services
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Can you die from diverticulitis?

Can you die from diverticulitis?

It is rare: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Is cornbread bad for diverticulitis?

Is cornbread bad for diverticulitis?

Probably ok: True acute diverticulitis is an infection requiring antibiotics for treatment. During acute diverticulitis one may be directed to eat lighter, smaller, softer, low fiber foods. As the infection resolves, eventually a high fiber diet would then be recommended to help prevent recurrences. Corn bread by itself, in moderation, should have no affect on diverticulitis. Drink plenty water too. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

Belly pain and fever: Belly pain, especially in the left lower part of the abdomen, and fever. ...Read more

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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 is diverticulitis and what cause it?

What is diverticulitis and what cause it?

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. ...Read more

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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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What kind of condition is diverticulitis?

Inflamed pocket: Diverticulosis is thin walled pockets in wall of colon. Diverticulitis: inflammation of pockets. Not caused by something getting stuck in them, but from increased pressure in bowel: weakest link, so small perforation, with spasm, inflammation. Mild: outpt rx, oral antibiotics; more so: inpatient abs; severe: surgery for drainage, inpt abs. Hi fiber diet may help prevent. Itis: no fiber initially. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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So what are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

So what are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis: Most people develop colon diverticuli (outpouchings of the wall of the bowel) as they age. When these become inflamed it is called diverticulitis and can produce pain, diarrhea, sometimes blood in the stools. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Browning Dr. Browning
Surgery - Colorectal
26 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Are there different types of diverticulitis cures?

Are there different types of diverticulitis cures?

No: While there are many different antibiotics that can be used to treat diverticulitis, and taking a regular fiber supplement may reduce the likelihood of further episodes, the only cure for diverticulitis is to remove the diseased portion of the colon. This is commonly done as a laparoscopic operation. It represents major surgery and is only indicated under certain circumstances. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck Dr. Beck
Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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Should i be,eating sweets , i have diverticulitis?

Should i be,eating sweets , i have diverticulitis?

Sweet not bad: sweet are not bad for diverticulitis unless you are eating baklava which full of nuts that is bad ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What are the corollaries of getting diverticulitis?

Not sure what asking: Inflamed diverticuli may affect adjacent tissues with the inflammation of these producing a wide spectrum of symptoms. They may perforate and produce localized abscesses, peritonitis, sepsis, formation of fistulous tracts to other organs, scarring and adhesions may create intestinal obstruction. If appropriately managed, however, these are uncommon. ...Read more

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Dr. Cheryl Winchell Dr. Winchell
Family Medicine
47 years in practice
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What foods are described as bland foods? Diverticulitis

What foods are described as bland foods? Diverticulitis

Bland : Bland foods usually are not spicy or acidic or interesting. Think cheese sandwich, cream of mushroom soup, crackers...... If is sounds too good, it's probably not on your diet! ...Read more

Dr. M. Jay Petruska Dr. Petruska
Family Medicine
28 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What foods should I avoid if I have diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

What foods should I avoid if I have diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Diverticular Disease: Diverticular disease can be less frequent or severe by avoiding foods such as corn, popcorn, nuts and seeds. These items can get lodged in the pockets in your colon (diverticula) and cause inflammation which could lead to diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ekizian Dr. Ekizian
Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Can you die from gastroenteritis?

Can you die from gastroenteritis?

Yes: Rotavirus group a is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis worldwide. It causes a dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children. More than a half-million infants and young children worldwide die of rotavirus gastroenteritis each year (parashar et al, 2009). Fatalities from viral gastroenteritis are more likely to occur in those at the extremes of age or the immunocompromised. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What causes gastroenteritis usually?

What causes gastroenteritis usually?

Germ invasion: The gut viruses are spread through saliva & end up on a variety of surfaces like door knobs or shopping carts & live for hours or days.The average adult will pass germs from their contaminated fingers to their face or mouth several times per hour. These germs invade the lining of your gut & cause symptoms.Some bacteria can enter the same way & cause the same sx. Frequent handwasing can reduce this. ...Read more

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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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 is suspicion of diverticulitis confirmed?

How is suspicion of diverticulitis confirmed?

Examination: And history, elevated wbc, fever, pain usually in the lower abdomen toward the left and a confirmatory ct scan of abdomen and pelvis. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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What kind of foods should you not eat if you have gastroenteritis?

What kind of foods should you not eat if you have gastroenteritis?

Start slow: It's best to give your GI tract a rest in the beginning. Focus on hydration. When you do eat, start with clear liquids and then advance gradually if tolerated. Good things to eat included bananas, toast, rice, broth, and apples. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, milk products, acidic food, and fatty food. Stay off milk products until you've been better for 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Alexander Dr. Alexander
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can gastroenteritis be fatal?

Yes but not commonly: Acute gastroenteritis is extremely common & most cases resolve on their own with simple support care. (many cases of "stomach bug" or the inaccurately-titled "stomach flu" are mild cases of food poisoning.) way, it's still a pain in the gut w/ similar symptoms & similar care. More serious infections do occur, especially in countries or areas w/ poor sanitation. More sick or lasting, see your doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
1,236 doctors shared insights

Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
568 doctors shared insights

Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...Read more