If I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis by CT scan do I need a colonoscopy?

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.
Yes. Yes. A few weeks after the inflammation is all well. Specially if in your late 40s or older.
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.

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Why would I have to have a colonoscopy after being diagnosed with diverticulitis via CT scan?

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. Read more...
Diagnostic. This should be done weeks after the infection is healed and it is done to determine the extent and also to rule out cancer that an appear as an inflammatory process. Read more...

Surgeon says colon doesnt look right on ct scan. Need colonoscopy for more answers. Have diverticulitis with bowel thickening. No symptons.

Particular question? concerns would be why it is inflamed. infection and autoimmune diseases are some of the possibilites that can only be well answered by colonscopy. Read more...