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I have diverticulitis. Can I receive colonics?

I have diverticulitis. Can I receive colonics?

No reason to: If you truly have an episode of diverticulitis (acute infection) then a "colonic" would be very risky. If you simply have diverticulosis (the presence of diverticuli) you may still be at a somewhat increased risk for colonic perforation. The larger question is why would you do a colonic in the first place? They provide no medical benefits. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more


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Can you let me know is it recommended to have a colonic irrigation while battling with diverticulitis?

Can you let me know is it recommended to have a colonic irrigation while battling with diverticulitis?

No, probably not: A good idea. While you have active diverticulitis, it is important to rest the area while the infection heals. If you apply any excess pressure, as with irrigation, the inflamed area can perforate into the peritoneal cavity and cause fecal peritonitis. That goes for enemas too. ...Read more

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Can you cure diverticulitis?

Can you cure diverticulitis?

Maybe: Diverticulitis is an infection that occurs in/around a diverticulum (a weakness or blowout of the wall of the colon), usually treated with antibiotics. This may solve the infection, but it can happen again, as the diverticulum is still there, along with others as well, as they are usually multiple. Preventive measures may help diminish more attacks, but surgery may be necessary to 'cure' ! ...Read more

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How common is diverticulitis?

How common is diverticulitis?

Not common: Diverticulosis is present in 60% of the population above the age of 60. Diverticulitis is present in a very low percentage of patients. The treatment depends on the severity of the attack ...Read more

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How do you treat diverticulitis

How do you treat diverticulitis

Antibiotics/liquids: Diverticulitis is treated initially with intravenous antibiotics and oral clear liquids with a change to oral antibiotics when the pain is resolving and the signs of infection (fever & elevated white blood count) are improving. A colonoscopy is indicated a few weeks after resolution to be sure there is not a cancer. Cases complicated by perforation may require immediate surgical intervention ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis be dangerous?

Can diverticulitis be dangerous?

Possibly: Most cases of diverticulitis are mild and readily treated with antibiotics and diet change. However, diverticulitis is a spectrum from mild to severe. The most severe cases require emergency surgery and can result in the need for a temporary colostomy formation. Talk to your physician about when or if you should consider an elective operation for removal of part of your colon. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis food plan? Grains?

Diverticulitis food plan? Grains?

High fiber, fluids: In general, the most advantageous diet for those with diverticulosis or wwho have had an episode of diverticulitis is a high fiber diet with plenty of fluids. Fiber rich foods include fruits, veggies, whole grain cereals and breads. ...Read more

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How typical is diverticulitis in kids?

How typical is diverticulitis in kids?

Colonic: Diverticulitis is very rare as diverticulosis(the out-pouching that become inflamed in diverticulitis) is an age dependent process. It takes times for these issues to form, usually decades. So unless a child has a predisposing condition like Marfan's syndrome or cystic fibrosis, it would be exceptionally rare to see. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have diverticulitis?

How can I tell if I have diverticulitis?

See a doctor NOW: Classic presentation is fever, abdominal pain (usually left sided), and elevated white blood cell count. Some people don't have the classic presentation. Other things, like appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease can present similarly . Need to see a doc, get examined, maybe get a ct scan. Mild cases- rx antibiotics as outpt;more severe -inpt rx, and/or drainage of pus, or surgery. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for diverticulitis?

Not sure: Whether you mean diverticulitis (acute infection in colon) or chronic diverticulosis. Two are treated differently. If it is diverticulitis , I use Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Flagyl for 2 weeks and a low fiber diet for 6 weeks . If diverticulosis, no medicine just a high fiber diet and lots of fluids. ...Read more

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How is diverticulitis disease typically treated?

Diverticulitis that: Is the infected condition of diverticulosis is treated with bowel rest and antibiotics. Once pain, fever and white blood cell count return to normal we start a liquid diet and gradually advance to a low residue diet which should be maintained for 4-6 weeks to allow the colon inflammation to completely resolve. If multiple episodes elective surgery may be appropriate to avoid further complications. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of diverticulitis in kids?

What is the frequency of diverticulitis in kids?

Diverticulitis in: Children is very rare especially under the age of 18., . ...Read more

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What are possible complications of diverticulitis?

Abscess / Stricture : Abscess formation in the abdomen is a possible complication. This is a collection of bacteria and stool within the belly. Long standing diverticulitis tends to cause strictures of the colon that can lead to acute bowel obstructions. ...Read more

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What will happen if diverticulitis goes untreated?

Quite variable: If it's a mild case, possibly nothing and your body may health without any intervention. But the opposite side of the spectrum is that you can develop life-threatening complications include perforation of your colon and complicating sepsis. In those actively being treated and requiring surgery, some studies show up to a 5% chance of death! ...Read more

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Are there any noticeable symptoms of diverticulitis?

Are there any noticeable symptoms of diverticulitis?

Yes.: Pain (typically in the left lower abdomen), fever, bloating, and a change in bowel habits are common. The symptoms vary with the severity of the inflammation present but require medical evaluation to help determine if hospitalization, or even emergency surgery, is necessary. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

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