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Diverticulitis (Definition)

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


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What are the tests for diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

What are the tests for diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

Diverticulosis: Because diverticula by themselves usually do not cause problems, most people learn they have diverticulosis during routine screening examinations for colorectal cancer or during tests that check for other intestinal problems. Diverticulitis, on the other hand, is usually diagnosed during an acute attack. ...Read more

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Which medical tests would be used to detect diverticulitis?

Combination of tests: Diverticulitis is inflammation of small sacs (diverticula) in the large intestine. Clinical symptoms including right lower quadrant pain, sometimes associated with fever. Tests might show an elevated white blood count, ct scan showing inflammation of the colon. Colonoscopy is generally not recommended during acute phase of diverticulitis. Severe symptoms or worsening symptoms may require or. ...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

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Was given a scope test in colon area. It showed a stricture from earlier surgery 4 diver. Do I need another test to find diverticulitis in same area?

Was given a scope test in colon area. It showed a stricture from earlier surgery 4  diver. Do I need another test to find diverticulitis in same area?

Don't know: I am not sure i understand, but maybe you had colon resection surgery for diverticulitis, and later you had a colonoscopy showing a stricture or narrowing at the surgical site. Unless you are having painful constipation issues, the stricture can be left alone. If the stricture is very narrow, likely your gastroenterologist can dilate it open. I do not know of needing any other tests for this. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis and chronic prostatitis but hematology blood test is normal can these infections cause for my spleen to be enlarged?

I have diverticulitis  and chronic prostatitis but  hematology blood test is normal can these infections cause for my spleen to be enlarged?

Splenomegaly: The spleen may enlarge in the presence of several infections. Nonetheless the ones you mention might only be implicated on a very theoretical basis. If your spleen is enlarged the overwhelming probability is that there is another reason. ...Read more

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Tests found pus and fecal matter in my urine. I have gotton several infections since my bought with diverticulitis .having lower back and stomach pain?

Tests found pus and fecal matter in my urine. I have gotton several infections since my bought with diverticulitis .having lower back and stomach pain?

Red Flag Warning: Pus and Fecal matter in the urine, in the setting of prior diverticulitis, infers a "rectovesicular fistula". This happens when the inflamed colon irritates and ulcerates into the bladder. An opening is formed that allows stool to pass into the bladder. Your physician might recommend a CT scan of the belly or a cystoscopy (looking into the bladder). Definitely a potentially serious problem. ...Read more

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Generalised OA (x-Ray hands feet knees hip clavicle, MRI spine) dry eyes/mouth, history hypermobility, lumbar/cervical stenosis radiculopathy TMJD diverticulitis prolapses FUO - but seronegative and comprehensive blood tests always normal. Any ideas?

Generalised OA (x-Ray hands feet knees hip clavicle, MRI spine) dry eyes/mouth, history hypermobility, lumbar/cervical stenosis radiculopathy TMJD diverticulitis prolapses FUO - but seronegative and comprehensive blood tests always normal. Any ideas?

Explanation: My suggestion that you generalized OA mostly degenerative disease, not the inflammation. And blood work so far remains normal. History of hyper mobility could be reason of early degenerative changes in multiple joins. ...Read more

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What is diverticulitis?

What is diverticulitis?

Inflammation: It is related to acute inflammation of a diverticulum(a sac-like protrusion of the colonic wall), generally considered to be due to be related to microperforation of a diverticulum. It can present with a wide range of symptoms but most commonly abdominal pain. Other common symptoms are nausea(sometimes with vomiting), constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, and bloating. ...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 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?

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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What is diverticulitis vs osis?

What is diverticulitis vs osis?

Bad/Not-So-Bad: Diverticulosis is the condition where little pockets form on the colon at natural weak points. This is very common in the western world, presumably secondary to our diet, and increases with age. Diverticulitis is the condition where one of these pockets ruptures, leading to the release of intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity, causing (sometimes severe) inflammation and pain. ...Read more

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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 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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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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