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Can diverticulitis cause your lower back and abdomen to hurt and be diagnosed just with a rectal exam?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no.

Diverticulitis can cause symptoms like this, but it cannot be diagnosed with just a rectal exam. One would need a complete history, exam and consideration of other studies to exclude other potential causes of such pain.

In brief: Yes and no.

Diverticulitis can cause symptoms like this, but it cannot be diagnosed with just a rectal exam. One would need a complete history, exam and consideration of other studies to exclude other potential causes of such pain.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Dr. Dan Fisher
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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possible

The diverticulitis will cause inflammation and discomfort with whatever it contacts, so flank/back or abdominal wall are possible.
Potential to diagnose by rectal if painful exam, but poor specificity / sensitivity--usually ct scan done, unless other factors considered.

In brief: Possible

The diverticulitis will cause inflammation and discomfort with whatever it contacts, so flank/back or abdominal wall are possible.
Potential to diagnose by rectal if painful exam, but poor specificity / sensitivity--usually ct scan done, unless other factors considered.
Dr. Donald Alves
Dr. Donald Alves
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes and no

Yes it can cause lower back and stomach to hurt no it can not be diagnosed by rectal exam.You need cat scan and/or colonoscopy exam to diagnose but one can suspect on clinical exam and confirm by testing.

In brief: Yes and no

Yes it can cause lower back and stomach to hurt no it can not be diagnosed by rectal exam.You need cat scan and/or colonoscopy exam to diagnose but one can suspect on clinical exam and confirm by testing.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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