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Is diverticulosis curable?

Is diverticulosis curable?

Diverticulosis.: Diverticulosis is manageable, not curable. Once the pockets in the colon form, they don't go back again. High fiber diet is the rule. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

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


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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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

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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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How can I prevent diverticulitis?

How can I prevent diverticulitis?

Fiber: There are many dietary recommendations that have been widely disseminated (things to avoid, etc), but recent studies have found no basis for those recommendations. The one thing that has been shown to prevent a second episode of diverticulitis (once someone has has a first episode) is to take a tablespoon of fiber supplementation (phyllium) daily. ...Read more

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Does diverticulitis cause bleeding?

No.: Diverticuli are small, typically pea-sized pockets that are very common in western societies, likely related to our high red meat, low fiber diets. The presence of these pockets is called diverticulosis and is very, very common, and may cause bleeding. Diverticulitis is inflammation of the colon brought about by rupture of one of these pockets; it generally does not cause bleeding. ...Read more

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What does levbid do for diverticulitis?

Reduces cramping: Levbid is primary used to help reduce abdominal cramping associated with irritable bowel syndrome. The primary treatment for diverticulitis is antibiotics. Fiber and avoiding constipation are also helpful. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause pancreatitis?

No, I have: Never heard of a patient whose colonic diverticultis caused pancreatitis. In a rare cases, duodenal diverticula can cause pancreatitis, but this is really rare. ...Read more

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Can people with diverticulitis eat flaxseed?

Can people with diverticulitis eat flaxseed?

Depends: There are two schools of thought. And u guessed it, some say u can and others u can't! personally I feel that the biggest thing is formed soft bm. If ur stool is not hard, small pellets and u don't have to strain, eating seeds in moderation should b fine. Key is fiber fiber fiber and lots of water. ...Read more

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Could overnight oatmeal cause diverticulitis?

No: It is still a common myth that certain foods (undigestible foods like grains, corn) lead to more recurrences of diverticulitis. Many medical professionals still believe this however. Some people get recurrent diverticulitis no matter what they eat. ...Read more

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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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Does smokin and drinkin affect diverticulitis?

Does smokin and drinkin affect diverticulitis?

No direct effect.: There's no direct effect of cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking on diverticulitis or diverticulosis. But they're just not healthy in a general sense and should be avoided. Especially smoking - shouldn't smoke at all. A drink now and again wouldn't be harmful. ...Read more

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How soon after diverticulitis can I have wine?

How soon after diverticulitis can I have wine?

As soon as you: Tolerate a normal diet. One important exception is if you are taking metronidazole. You might feel really bad if you drink any alcohol while taking this antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can I eat blueberries if I have diverticulitis?

No: Once you develop acute diverticulitis you should stop eating blueberries and other foods which contain significant amounts of fiber. With these symptoms you need a a clear liquid diet which does not leave residue for your colon to digest. Please consult further with a gastroenterologist. I wish you well with your health! ...Read more

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When should I consider surgery for diverticulitis?

When should I consider surgery for diverticulitis?

When complicated: Most diverticulitis is successfully treated with antibiotics. Indications for surgery include free perforation with sepsis, an abscess that can't be treated with percutaneous drainage, fistulas to other organs, strictures or obstruction, and occasionally numerous recurrent episodes of diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Can you eat turkey sausage if you have diverticulitis?

Yes: If not dealing with a current attack, turkey sausage is fine. However, ensure that your diet has plenty of fiber and water in it to help soften and add bulk to stools. This will help them pass more easily. ...Read more

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Is it true that diverticulitis is a hereditary disease?

Generally not: Diverticular disease is generally a sporadic, acquired problem with the large intestine (mainly left colon and sigmoid colon) and considered to be caused primarily by poor fiber diets. This causes smaller stools and higher colonic pressures required to evacuate those stools. There are rare inherited connective tissue disorders associated with diverticular disease but these are the exception. ...Read more

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Not sure if colitis or diverticulitis. What are the tests?

Not sure if colitis or diverticulitis. What are the tests?

Same work up!: When you have crampy abdominal pain with fevers or chills you can be diagnosed with colitis. Colitis is inflammation of the colon and can be due to infection, inflammatory bowel diseases or blood supply issues. Diverticulitis is caused when a small pocket in the colon pops and bacteria spills outside the wall of the colon. Ct scan is the best diagnostic tool. ...Read more