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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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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 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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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

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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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 causes of diverticulitis?

Infection: Small out-pouches form on the outside of the colon, most often in the left lower abdomen. Infection of these pouches (diverticulitis) causes abdominal pain and fever, treated with antibiotics. Try to avoid by eating high fiber foods, avoid junk foods and fast foods, avoid constipation, drink plenty of liquids, take fiber supplements such as metamucil. ...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?

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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What is safe to eat with diverticulitis?

What is safe to eat with diverticulitis?

Generally: For acute diverticulitis, i recommend low to no fiber for 4-6 weeks following diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Then if surgery not indicated, you may slowly add fiber back into your diet. If you buy the right groceries and order the right food in restaurants i generally do not find fiber supplements necessary. ...Read more

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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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What food can I eat with diverticulitis ?

Most anything: There has been alot of misinformation as to how diet relates to diverticulitis. Limiting certain foods such as seeds , popcorn etc used to be common but no scientific evidence exists that these foods caues bouts of diverticulitis. Eat a high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids and avoid constipation. ...Read more

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How long can a diverticulitis flare last?

How long can a diverticulitis flare last?

Depends on: Severity, but usually 4-7 days. If it goes any longer, it could be something else. Consult with GI specialist for advice. ...Read more

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