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What is diverticulitis?

Diverticular disease is a group of conditions in which tiny pouches (diverticula) form in the colon. These pouches bulge out through weak spots in your colon. The pouches can become inflamed (red, swollen) or infected. When the pouches are infected, the condition is called diverticulitis. Risk factors include chronic constipation, aging, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

Symptoms of diverticulitis

  • Abdominal pain

  • History of diverticulitis or diverticular bleeding - small pouches in the intestines

  • Right lower abdominal pain

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Pain around the belly button area

  • Lower left abdomen or tummy pain

  • Upper left abdominal pain

  • Diarrhea

Questions your doctor may ask to check for diverticulitis

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

  • Have you been diagnosed with diverticula or diverticulitis?

  • Do you have pain in your lower right abdomen?

  • Does pressing on your stomach cause severe pain?

  • Do you have belly button pain?

Treatment for diverticulitis

Treatment typically includes a liquid/light diet and antibiotics until symptoms improve. In severe cases with complications or those who don't respond to medical treatment, surgery may be needed.

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  • Abdominal pain

  • Diarrhea

References

  • Wilkins T, Embry K, George R. Diagnosis and management of acute diverticulitis. Am Fam Physician. 2013 May 1;87(9):612-20. PMID: 23668524.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2013/0501/p612.html

  • Ellison DL. Acute Diverticulitis Management. Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2018 Mar;30(1):67-74. doi: 10.1016/j.cnc.2017.10.006. Epub 2017 Nov 29. PMID: 29413216.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0899588517300941?via%3Dihub

  • Symer M, Yeo HL. Nonoperative Treatment of Diverticulitis. Adv Surg. 2021 Sep;55:49-56. doi: 10.1016/j.yasu.2021.05.004. Epub 2021 Jul 6. PMID: 34389099.

    https://www.advancessurgery.com/article/S0065-3411(21)00004-X/fulltext

  • American College of Gastroenterology

    https://gi.org/topics/diverticulosis-and-diverticulitis/

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Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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