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What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulitis

What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulitis

Your question...: I assume you mean the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is the development is small pouches in the wall of the lower colon. Diverticulitis is the infection of those pouches. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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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 the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis?

What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis?

Infected or not: Diverticulosis is a condition where the colon develops small pockets that can bulge out from the wall of the colon. It usually develops in people with constipation. Diverticulitis is a condition where these pockets become infected, requiring antibiotics or sometimes surgery. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What is the difference between colitis disease and diverticulitis?

What is the difference between colitis disease and diverticulitis?

Very different: Colitis is inflammation of the colon. It is commonly seen with inflammatory disease of the colon (ulcerative colitis). Any area of the colon can become inflamed with this. Diverticulosis is having small pockets that poke out of the bowel wall. Diverticulosis is when one of these pockets gets infected or inflamed. This is usually more localized, like in the left sigmoid colon. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between diverticulitis and colitis?

Your doctor: Your doctor can talk to you about the differences between colitis and diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is an inflammation of the outpouching in the colon. Diverticular disease is an abnormal but common finding in the large intestine. Colitis is general inflammation of the entire large intestine. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with diverticulosis- what is the difference between this and diverticulitis?

Diagnosed with diverticulosis- what is the difference between this and diverticulitis?

Infection or not.: Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticuli, while diverticulitis is an infection of same (technically a micro perforation which leads to infection). ...Read more

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What is the difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

What is the difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

Osis and itis: Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula, small outpouchings "pockets" typically in the sigmoid colon that develop as people age. This is very common with time. Diverticulitis is inflammation associated with the diverticula and typically requires treatment with antibiotics. The presence of the pockets does not mean you with get diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Whatis the difference between ulcerativecolitis and diverticulitis?

Whatis the difference between ulcerativecolitis and diverticulitis?

Different things: Different, unrelated conditions. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic life-long inflammation & ulcer formation afftecting the wall of the entire colon, treated with anti-inflammatory type medications. Diverticulitis is a temporary condition of localized infection of small pouches in a small portion of the colon, treated with antibiotics. Rarely surgery for either condition, but very different operation. ...Read more

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Ct scan shows diverticulitis Gi advised sigmoidoscopy to check narrowing of colon could it be cancer as been told only scoping can confirm difference?

Ct scan shows diverticulitis Gi advised sigmoidoscopy to check narrowing of colon could it be cancer as been told only scoping can confirm difference?

Unfortunately those: two conditions can look similar on the CT scan. Another option is to treat for diverticulitis, then repeat the CT scan to see if the abnormality has resolved. If you don't have symptoms of diverticulitis, you should have the sigmoidoscopy. ...Read more

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I've had left abdomen pain, occasional hard bowel movements and microscopic blood in stool. Now notice I have some small areas of black tar stool that I haven't yet told doctor. Her working differencal is IBS with diverticulitis. Is correct w/ tar?

I've had left abdomen pain, occasional hard bowel movements and microscopic blood in stool.  Now notice  I have some small areas of black tar stool that I haven't yet told doctor.  Her working differencal is IBS with diverticulitis. Is correct w/ tar?

Melena: Black tarry stool, otherwise known as melena, can sometimes be due to diverticulitis, but certainly can be a sign of bleeding in the upper digestive tract. You should share this new finding with your doctor and see if it affects her working differential. You may need tests to rule out an upper gastrointestinal source of bleeding. Good luck. ...Read more