What are the diverticula in your colon for?

Nothing. They are acquired from elevated intracolonic pressures created from a lack of dietary fiber.

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I recently had my appendix out & was told I have diverticula in my sigmoid colon. How dangerous is this?

Diverticula. Most americans have diverticula, little outpouchings in the colon wall. They rarely cause problems but can get infected, diverticulitis, or cause significant lower GI bleeding. However, most of us do not develop these. The best thing for you to do is eat a high fiber diet and try to prevent constipation. However, in reality we do not recommend avoiding any particular food to prevent problems. Read more...

Waves of pain&burning on&off where I have a diverticula at the top part of desc. Colon. Could this be from stool in pouch then subsides when it passes?

It's the inherent . Inflammation of the pouches of diverticula aggravated by the passage of undigested food and stool that causes pain. Antibiotics is needed if they are inflamed and pain gets worse. Always follow up with your GI for any concerns. Take care! Read more...

I recently had a CT scan and it came back that I have scattered diverticula. And a collapsed tranverse colon with no blockage. How. Worried should I b?

Two problems. The diverticuli are common and called diverticulosis. It is a problem if they get inflamed or if they rupture. The collapsed transverse colon depends on the reason for the collapse. It can be a normal or a problem. You need to discuss with your physicians and your gastroentrologist. Read more...

Friend had colonoscopy no cancer, polyps, no inflammation just multiple diverticula on sigmoid. Still needs to see surgeon to cut piece of colon why?

Depends. The diverticuli can become inflamed and cause complications. It may be that your friend has diverticulitis that is severe enough that that segment of colon needs to be resected. Read more...

Rectal sweating for 1yr. Be ts confirms diverticula in sigmoid colon, colonoscopy shows no masses, blockages etc. Could it be a helminthic condition?

Do you mean mucous? Anal discharge is most likely proctitis, seborrhea or anal fissure. Have you been cleared of std? Helminthic infections usually do not have rectal discharge. A stool test for ova and parasites and blood work could rule out a parasitic infestation. Colonoscopy may well have identified them as well. Read more...