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Symptoms of diverticulitis include muscle spasms and cramplike pains in the abdomen, especially in the lower left quadrant. Diagnosis is confirmed by barium enema (see barium test), in which the diverticula are clearly shown.
Treatment consists of bed rest, cleansing enemas, a bland or low-residue diet, and drugs to reduce infection. In severe cases portions of the affected bowel may require surgical removal and a temporary colostomy.
diverticulitisSurgery Inflammation of one or more diverticula which, when acute, may rupture causing peritonitis Clinical More common in the elderly; ± abrupt onset with tenderness in left hypogastrium, pain of variable severity may radiate to the back, rebound tenderness, fever, anorexia, constipation, GI tract discomfort, N&V Lab ↑ WBCs, left shift of myeloid series, ↑ ESR Diagnosis Hx, barium enema, ultrasound, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy Management-medical Oral antibiotics, low-fiber foods; for severe diverticulitis with high fever and pain, hospitalization, IV antibiotics Management-surgical Excision of bleeding diverticula or resection for persistent bowel obstruction or abscesses not responding to antibiotics Prognosis Pain waxes, wanes, spontaneously remits
diverticulitisInflammation of abnormal outward protrusions (diverticula) of the inner lining of the large intestine (colon) through the muscular wall. Inflamed diverticula may perforate, causing the serious condition of PERITONITIS.
diverticulitisinflammation of the diverticula of the colon causing acute pain.
Patient discussion about diverticulitis
Q. How to prevent diverticulitis? I am a 43 year old man. I just had colonoscopy and my Doctor said I have diverticulosis and am at risk in developing diverticulitis. How can I prevent developing diverticulitis?
Q. How can one manage severe diverticulitis and the infections and abccesses it causes? I have recently had bowl surgery for an abccess caused by diverticultis. I would like to find what I can do to prevent these infections in terms of diet and lifestyle.
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Q. how long is a patient diagnosed with diverticulitis stay in the hospital How long is the observation period a patient diagnosed with diverticulitis
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