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If I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis by CT scan do I need a colonoscopy?
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In brief: Possibly
It depends some on your age and past history.
Diverticulitis, an infection of the colon, can sometimes show a lot of thickening on ct scan. That can be hard to tell if the infection caused the swelling, or if a tumor is causing the thickening. It is common to recommend a colonoscopy several weeks after the diverticulitis had healed, if you have not already had one.

In brief: Possibly
It depends some on your age and past history.
Diverticulitis, an infection of the colon, can sometimes show a lot of thickening on ct scan. That can be hard to tell if the infection caused the swelling, or if a tumor is causing the thickening. It is common to recommend a colonoscopy several weeks after the diverticulitis had healed, if you have not already had one.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Yes. A few weeks after the inflammation is all well.
Specially if in your late 40s or older.

In brief: Yes
Yes. A few weeks after the inflammation is all well.
Specially if in your late 40s or older.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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Dr. Gerald Diaz
Radiology
In brief: You need something
You likely need some sort of followup, either repeat ct or a colonoscopy.
It is always possible that the inflammatory changes seen on your scan were in fact caused by a tumor and mistakenly taken for diverticulitis. In the face of such inflammation, a tumor nidus is easily missed. Some sort of followup is warranted after everything has cooled down to make sure nothing scary is was hiding there.

In brief: You need something
You likely need some sort of followup, either repeat ct or a colonoscopy.
It is always possible that the inflammatory changes seen on your scan were in fact caused by a tumor and mistakenly taken for diverticulitis. In the face of such inflammation, a tumor nidus is easily missed. Some sort of followup is warranted after everything has cooled down to make sure nothing scary is was hiding there.
Dr. Gerald Diaz
Dr. Gerald Diaz
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