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Is diverticulitis serious I have diverticulitis and wanted to know if it is serious

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In brief: Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis can become serious.
Inflammation around the colon occurs when small bubbles on the wall of the colon rupture. If the ruptured area does not spread the process is self-limited and the infection that results can be treated with antibiotics, often on an outpatient basis with oral pills. If the ruptured area spills more contaminated material than can be contained, i.e. Spread of infection occurs, serious infection can result and require emergency surgery. Elective surgery should be considered if a patient has more than one or 2 episodes of diverticulitis to avoid the development of an emergency, since emergency colon surgery often leads to the need for a temporary colostomy (bag). Also diverticulitis needs to be confirmed as the diagnosis by studies of the colon, e.g. Colonoscopy, to be certain something else, like colon cancer, is not to blame for the symptoms.

In brief: Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis can become serious.
Inflammation around the colon occurs when small bubbles on the wall of the colon rupture. If the ruptured area does not spread the process is self-limited and the infection that results can be treated with antibiotics, often on an outpatient basis with oral pills. If the ruptured area spills more contaminated material than can be contained, i.e. Spread of infection occurs, serious infection can result and require emergency surgery. Elective surgery should be considered if a patient has more than one or 2 episodes of diverticulitis to avoid the development of an emergency, since emergency colon surgery often leads to the need for a temporary colostomy (bag). Also diverticulitis needs to be confirmed as the diagnosis by studies of the colon, e.g. Colonoscopy, to be certain something else, like colon cancer, is not to blame for the symptoms.
Dr. Eric Demaria
Dr. Eric Demaria
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Dr. Eileen Consorti
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes,

Yes, it can be serious.
Any progressing abdominal pain especially localizing to the lower left part of your abdomen with associated fevers should prompt you to call your primary physician for a check up and possible antibiotic therapy. Diverticulitis if left untreated could cause abscess formation in your abdomen or even worse bowel perforation.

In brief: Yes,

Yes, it can be serious.
Any progressing abdominal pain especially localizing to the lower left part of your abdomen with associated fevers should prompt you to call your primary physician for a check up and possible antibiotic therapy. Diverticulitis if left untreated could cause abscess formation in your abdomen or even worse bowel perforation.
Dr. Eileen Consorti
Dr. Eileen Consorti
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Dr. Peter Lydon
Surgery
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In brief: Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis can be serious, but most cases are treated with antibiotics and patients recover. It is important to be followed closely by your doctor to ensure your full, uncomplicated recovery.
Sometimes surgery is needed as an emergency when complications occur such as perforation and abscess. Patients who have repeated attacks may benefit from elective surgical resection of the diseased colon.

In brief: Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis can be serious, but most cases are treated with antibiotics and patients recover. It is important to be followed closely by your doctor to ensure your full, uncomplicated recovery.
Sometimes surgery is needed as an emergency when complications occur such as perforation and abscess. Patients who have repeated attacks may benefit from elective surgical resection of the diseased colon.
Dr. Peter Lydon
Dr. Peter Lydon
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