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Doctor insights on: How Long After Colonoscopy Does Diverticulitis Symptoms Come Back

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What to do if you've had diverticulitis surgery and have it come back?

May need surgery: Recurrent diverticulitis occurs 10-20% of the time after good operation. Not every bout needs surgery, though. If several recurrent documented bouts (seen on ct scan) then you might need repeat surgery. Pain alone is poor indication. ...Read more

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If a endoscopy and flexable colonoscopy come back clear what could this severe abdo pain be help please ?

If a endoscopy and flexable colonoscopy come back clear what could this severe abdo pain be help please ?

Maybe something else: Lots of other organs in the abdomen and pelvis. Other tests that may help include:careful history and physical exam, labs, sono of abdomen/pelvis (safe, painless, no xray), small bowel evaluation with capsule study, ct or mr enterography. Sometimes can be from adhesions from old surgery or inflammation, sometimes internal hernias, sometimes referred pain from back. Keep looking. ...Read more

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If colonoscopy results come back as normal but prep was fair, would it be logical to return for another colonoscopy? How soon afterwards?

If colonoscopy results come back as normal but prep was fair, would it be logical to return for another colonoscopy?  How soon afterwards?

Depends on: your age and any additional risk factors, such as family history of colon cancer and personal history of colitis. Ask your gi specialist for specific advice. If there are no other risk factors, your doctor would probably recommend repeat in 5 to 10 years. ...Read more

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Is it possible for diverticulitis to come back in a month after a 2 week antibiotic treatment even if trying to stick to a diet?

Is it possible for diverticulitis to come back in a month after a  2 week antibiotic treatment even if trying to stick to a diet?

Yes: 35 year old gentleman s/p 2 week treatment for diverticular disease now with unknown symptoms recurring. You should contact your treating physician immediately and if you have severe symptoms go to the ER. Diverticulosis is an anatomical problem that can lead to diverticulitis, the infection/abscess associated with the infection can be resistant or recur. Prior CT scan results helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had 14 BMs with blood since 7-25 & all tests come back neg. (stool, CT scan, X-ray, colonoscopy) GI assuming hemrroid? EDG appt in Oct/nov.

I had 14 BMs with blood since 7-25 & all tests come back neg. (stool, CT scan, X-ray, colonoscopy) GI assuming hemrroid? EDG appt in Oct/nov.

Blood: Bright red blood is usually from a hemorrhoid. Darker, thicker, jelly-like blood is usually from a source higher up, such as a bleeding diverticulum. ...Read more

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Have had numerous tests (CT, MRI, Ultrasound,EKG,Endoscopy,Colonoscopy...)-have come back with IBS-C but worry about Pancreatic Cancer.w/pains.Normal?

Have had numerous tests (CT, MRI, Ultrasound,EKG,Endoscopy,Colonoscopy...)-have come back with IBS-C but worry about Pancreatic Cancer.w/pains.Normal?

Specific carb. Diet: Please read Elaine Gottschall's book " Breaking the vicious cycle" & follow it. Limit the complex carbohydrates- disaccharides &/or polysaccharides. Prohibited foods are grains,potatoes & lactose containing dairy. Fish,honey & aged cheese are allowed. Let me know. ...Read more

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Developed diverticulitis following colonoscopy. First time ever had it. Colon now messed up. Chance of diverticulitis happening again?

Developed diverticulitis following colonoscopy. First time ever had it. Colon now messed up. Chance of diverticulitis happening again?

Close observation: One risk associated with an elective colonoscopy is a perforation. A plain xray of your abdomen when symptoms start after procedure can help diagnose. It would be difficult to tell the difference from diverticulitis. Recurrance risk will also depend on status of diverticular disease. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis with a micro hole in my bowel on June 25th. Iis it too soon to have a Colonoscopy??

I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis with a micro  hole in my bowel on June 25th. Iis it too soon to have a Colonoscopy??

Follow up : Colonoscopy after treatment for diverticulitis usually occurs in the range of 6 weeks after initiation of treatment. Based on the timeline you provided this follow-up colonoscopy is a bit on the early side and you may want to review ideal timing with whomever scheduled this procedure for you. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more