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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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What kind of condition is diverticulitis?

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 kind of nut/seed snack foods don't aggravate diverticulitis?

High fiber!: The idea that folks with diverticular disease should avoid seeds, nuts, corn, popcorn has never had any data to support it, so unless a particular food item causes discomfort, i don't advise its avoidance. That said, those with diverticular disease should be on a high fiber diet with plenty of fluid- this has been shown to decrease episodes of pain. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

What kind of condition is diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

Colon outpouching: Diverticulosis is an outpouching of the wall of the colon due to a weakness in the colonic wall. Diverticulitis is when something gets stuck in the outpouching, causing an infection to occur there. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for diverticulitis symptoms?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for diverticulitis symptoms?

FP/IM/gastro/surgeon: Internist or fp might see patient first; gastroenterologist commonly sees this; colorectal surgeon may see the more severe case. Severe cases can have pus pockets (abscesses), as well as fistulas (abnormal connections between organs), and require drainage by interventional radiologist or surgeon. ...Read more

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What can be done to naturally deal with diverticulitis?

What can be done to naturally deal with diverticulitis?

Not sure: Whether you mean diverticulitis (acute infection in colon) or chronic diverticulosis. Two are treated differently. If it is diverticulitis , I use Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Flagyl for 2 weeks and a low fiber diet for 6 weeks . If diverticulosis, no medicine just a high fiber diet and lots of fluids. ...Read more

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Which type of diet is advisable for a patient with diverticulitis?

Which type of diet is advisable for a patient with diverticulitis?

Diverticulitus: Diverticulitis means an active infection of small pouches of the colon that needs treatment with antibiotics. With an active infection, foods should be small and very light, liquids & a few sift foods until the infection has resolved. Then later your doctor would start you on high fiber foods after infection has fully resolved. ...Read more

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What precautions can be done when you are diagnosed with. Diverticulitis ?

Pain: Diverticulitis is inflammation of the colon. This is caused by infection of diverticulum in the colon. One of the main problems is rupture of the diverticulum and abscess. Drink lots of fluids and take in fibre. If pain would get alot worse get checked. ...Read more

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Would CBC and abdom X-ray show any kind of infection? Mild Lower right tummypain comes and goes no fever is appendicitis or diverticulitis possible?

Would CBC and abdom X-ray  show any kind of infection?  Mild Lower right tummypain comes and goes no fever is appendicitis or diverticulitis possible?

Specifics please: In what position do you feel better/ worse? What is the quality of pain--sharp, stabbing, pressure, bloating, gassiness? Where in your abdomen (right, mid, left) do you experience discomfort? Duration pain lasts? Is pain deep or superficial? Have you seen blood with stool or change in bowels? Any chance of pregnancy (sexually active)? Any bladder/uti symptoms? Ur doc will need this info 2 help ...Read more

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Inflammation of testicles post diverticulitis surgery. What can be done for relief? Is it life threatening ? How long will it take to return to normal

Inflammation of testicles post diverticulitis surgery. What can be done for relief? Is it life threatening ? How long will it take to return to normal

See your doctor: There are a few things that can cause this, most are absolutely benign and it will go away. However, without seeing it and knowing the full story, my recommendation to you is see your doctor immediately to be safe. There are a few things that can become bigger problems if left untreated. ...Read more

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83yo developed 2 severe bouts of diverticulitis from pain meds for a total knee replacement. Needs shoulder done.What pain meds won't bust the colon?

83yo developed 2 severe bouts of diverticulitis from pain meds for a total knee replacement. Needs shoulder done.What pain meds won't bust the colon?

All: Narcotics will cause some degree of constipation. Need to review with the surgeon if there are non-narcotic pain medication options. Otherwise will need a strict bowel regimen after surgery with increased liquids ti drink and metamucil after surgery with bowel softeners added as needed. ...Read more

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Discomfort lower left abdomin-incl to touch not constant/severe and often occurs with gas or need to have bm.Loose bowels.Ct done for diverticulitis-bowel/related was unremarkable-no mass/inflamation.

Discomfort lower left abdomin-incl to touch not constant/severe and often occurs with gas or need to have bm.Loose bowels.Ct done for diverticulitis-bowel/related was unremarkable-no mass/inflamation.

Follow up with Dr.: You probably have seen a doctor to have a ct ordered. Persistent pain and discomfort could be related to a number of possible causes. A gastroenterologist may be helpful if this is a persistent problem. Further work up beyond a ct scan may include colonoscopy and additional laboratory tests, depending on the findings. ...Read more

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How can one feel generally when one may be diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis: Diverticulitis of the colon is an infection that causes generally left lower abdominal pains, may have constipation or loose watery diarrhea, may have fevers, do not feel like eating. Pain can be moderate to severe, and can get progressively worse without proper medical treatment with antibiotics. ...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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