Diverticular Bleeding Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 14, 2022

What is diverticular bleeding?

The walls of the intestines sometimes contain small pouches called diverticula. Risk factors include chronic constipation, aging and obesity.

Symptoms of diverticular bleeding

  • Blood in stool

Questions your doctor may ask to check for diverticular bleeding

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose diverticular bleeding

  • Is there blood in your stool?

Treatment for diverticular bleeding

This requires emergency medical care. To stop the bleeding, specialists may use a scope (camera) in the intestines to find the bleeding, and seal it through burning or pressure. Other options include putting a wire through the bloodstream under X-ray guidance - this will find the blood vessel that is bleeding and plug it. Surgery is a final option for severe bleeding that does not respond to the above treatments.

View the symptoms of Diverticular bleeding

  • Blood in stool


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  • Wilkins T, Baird C, Pearson AN, Schade RR. Diverticular bleeding. Am Fam Physician. 2009 Nov 1;80(9):977-83. PMID: 19873964.


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