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What is verticulitis?

What is verticulitis?

?diverticulitis is…: inflammation of diverticula, small pouches that form in intestinal wall (primarily colon); their opening can become blocked by small particles like seeds, nuts, popcorn, etc & the pouch becomes inflamed; it may even rupture, spilling intestinal contents into abdominal cavity & cause peritonitis); many "tics" can bleed when inflamed. See doc if rectal bleeding & abdominal pain. ...Read more

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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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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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Is diverticulitis serious I have diverticulitis and wanted to know if it is serious

Yes, : Yes, it can be serious. Any progressing abdominal pain especially localizing to the lower left part of your abdomen with associated fevers should prompt you to call your primary physician for a check up and possible antibiotic therapy. Diverticulitis if left untreated could cause abscess formation in your abdomen or even worse bowel perforation. ...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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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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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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What should I do at home to treat an attack of diverticulitis?

What should I do at home to treat an attack of diverticulitis?

See your doctor.: First and foremost, if you suspect that you are having an episode of diverticulitis, you need to see your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for outpatient treatment. If so, oral antibiotics and a liquid diet are advisable until the pain +/- fever resolves. ...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 are other conditions with symptoms similar to diverticulitis?

Crohn's: Diverticulitis has similar symptoms as crohn' s disease and colon cancer. Hence investigations are required to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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