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Diverticulosis

Information about Diverticulosis

We Have to Know about the Diverticulosis

  • Presence of multiple pouches in the intestinal walls
  • Most common in the last part of the large intestine (sigmoid colon)
  • Create problems when they become inflamed (redness and swelling) – diverticulitis

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Severe abdominal pain?

Causes of Diverticulosis

  • Diverticula usually develop when the pressure in colon leads to marble-sized pouches to protrude through the colon wall
  • Increased pressure in the colon can lead to the breakdown of the wall of the diverticula leading to infection
  • A small tear or perforation can also develop in an infected pouch, which in turn can cause infection within your abdomen (peritonitis)

Signs & Symptoms of Diverticulosis

  • Abdominal pain, usually in the left lower abdomen but can be anywhere
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Medical advice for Diverticulosis

  • When symptoms persist

Risk factors of Diverticulosis

  • Chronic constipation
  • Familial

Treatment for Diverticulosis

  • Antibiotics for diverticulitis
  • Surgery in some cases with serious symptoms

Self-care for Diverticulosis

  • Avoiding constipation
  • High fiber diet
  • Periodic checkups

Investigations for Diverticulosis

  • Lab tests
  • CT scan of the abdomen
Medical advice for Diverticulosis
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