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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Diverticulitis : Diverticulitis can become serious. Inflammation around the colon occurs when small bubbles on the wall of the colon rupture. If the ruptured area does not spread the process is self-limited and the infection that results can be treated with antibiotics, often on an outpatient basis with oral pills. If the ruptured area spills more contaminated material than can be contained, i.e. Spread of infection occurs, serious infection can result and require emergency surgery. Elective surgery should be considered if a patient has more than one or 2 episodes of diverticulitis to avoid the development of an emergency, since emergency colon surgery often leads to the need for a temporary colostomy (bag). Also diverticulitis needs to be confirmed as the diagnosis by studies of the colon, e.g. Colonoscopy, to be certain something else, like colon cancer, is not to blame for the symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the foods I should not eat since I have had several severe bouts of diverticulitis, and what bread should I be eating?
Why am I still in pain after being in the hospital with diverticulitis, perforation and a severe infection?
You haven't provided: a time line as to how long you have been out of the hospital, how long the antibiotic were given and whether you were told to stay on a low fiber diet. Answers to all of this can impact the explanation, but it can take up to 6 weeks with proper treatment for this to heal. If you are having fever as well you need to return to your doctor or hospital for re evaluation promptly ...Read more