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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. 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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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?

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?

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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Colonic (Definition)

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