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Doctor insights on: What Kinds Of Imaging Studies May Be Done To Find Diverticulitis

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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 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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