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  eMedicine - Diverticulitis : Article by Andrea Cooperman, MD
Diverticulitis appears to be more common in patients with the largest number of diverticula; 15-20% of those with diverticulosis develop symptomatic diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis may be a more severe illness in younger patients, in immunocompromised patients, in patients with significant comorbid conditions, and in those taking anti-inflammatory medications.
Diverticulitis in the right colon or in a redundant sigmoid colon may be mistaken for acute appendicitis.
www.emedicine.com /med/topic578.htm   (5483 words)

  
  Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis is a common disease of the bowel, in particular the large intestine.
Diverticulitis develops from diverticulosis, which involves the formation of pouches (diverticula) on the outside of the colon.
An initial episode of acute diverticulitis is usually treated with conservative medical management, including bowel rest (ie, nothing by mouth), IV fluid resuscitation, and broad-spectrum antibiotics which cover anaerobic bacteria and gram-negative rods.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Diverticulitis   (792 words)

  
 Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis can lead to bleeding, infections, perforations or tears, or blockages.
Sometimes an attack of diverticulitis is serious enough to require a hospital stay and possibly surgery.
Diverticulitis occurs when the pouches become infected or inflamed and cause pain and tenderness around the left side of the lower abdomen.
digestive.niddk.nih.gov /ddiseases/pubs/diverticulosis   (1910 words)

  
 Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis or Diverticulosis : The occurrence of a diverticulum is known as diverticulosis.
Diverticulitis recurs in 25% of cases after the first episode and in 50% of cases after the second episode.
Complications of diverticulitis include abscess in the abdomen, blockage of the colon as well as fistula between the colon and the bladder or female organs.
www.diagnosishealth.com /discussion1/tic.htm   (1056 words)

  
 Diverticulosis vs. Diverticulitis
In other words, a person with diverticulosis may get diverticulitis when stool gets caught in one or more of these “pockets,” and they become inflamed or infected.
Diverticulitis usually clears up within a week with antibiotics and a liquid or soft diet.
He says that how diverticulitis develops is a mystery.
healthlink.mcw.edu /article/1013634026.html   (565 words)

  
  Diverticulitis Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Diverticulitis is believed to occur when a hardened piece of stool, undigested food, and bacteria (called a fecalith) becomes lodged in a diverticulum.
Other complications of diverticulitis include the formation of abnormal connections, called fistulas, between two organs which normally do not connect (for example, the intestine and the bladder), and scarring outside of the intestine that squeezes off and obstructs a portion of the intestine.
When a practitioner is suspicious of diverticulitis as the cause for the patient's symptoms, he or she will most likely avoid the types of tests usually used to diagnose gastrointestinal disorders.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g2603/is_0003/ai_2603000329   (1007 words)

  
  Diverticulitis - St. Luke's Episcopal Health System   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Diverticulitis is a disease that occurs when small pouches in the colon that bulge outward become infected or inflamed.
Diverticulitis occurs when pouches that form in the walls of the intestines become infected and inflamed.
Diverticulitis develops when one of the pouches becomes inflamed and infected, and bacteria enter small tears in the surface of the bowel.
www.sleh.com /sleh/Section004/index.cfm?pagename=Diverticulitis   (1406 words)

  
 CIGNA - Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis is the infection or inflammation of pouches (diverticula
Surgery may be necessary if diverticulitis does not respond to treatment or if complications occur, such as chronic pain or a bowel obstruction, fistula, or pocket of infection (abscess).
However, a barium enema X-ray usually is not done while you are having an attack of diverticulitis because of the risk that the barium might spill into the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) if you have a perforation.
www.cigna.com /healthinfo/hw251743.html   (3266 words)

  
 Diverticulitis Information for Diverticulitis intestinal inflammation Management
The main cause of diverticulitis disease is thought to be a low-fiber diet.
Diverticulitis and diverticulosis disease is common in developed or industrialized countries--particularly the United States, England, and Australia--where low-fiber diets are common.
The severity of symptoms of diverticulitis depends on the extent of the infection and complications.
www.crohns.net /Miva/education/diverticulitis.shtml   (781 words)

  
 Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis is thought to be the result of a diet that is too low in fiber.
Symptoms of diverticulitis depend on the degree of inflammation or infection.
Surgery may be necessary if diverticulitis does not respond to treatment or if complications occur, such as chronic pain or a bowel obstruction, fistula, or pocket of infection (abscess).
www.everettclinic.com /kbase/topic/major/hw251743/descrip.htm   (441 words)

  
 Diverticulitis: Free Medical and Health Information on Diverticulitis Research and Treatment
The aim of this study was to evaluate the applicability, safety and efficacy of an ambulatory treatment protocol in patients with uncomplicated acute diverticulitis.
Ambulatory treatment of uncomplicated acute diverticulitis is safe, effective and applicable in most patients with tolerance to oral intake and with an appropriate family environment.
Histopathological investigation confirmed complicated diverticulitis of the cecum with local perforation or abscess in 75% of the patients (12/16).
www.lifestages.com /health/divertic.html   (2330 words)

  
 Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis is a common condition in which abnormal pouches (diverticula) in the wall of the colon become inflamed, leading to episodes of cramping, lower abdominal pain, and constipation, or constipation alternating with diarrhea.
Diverticulitis is believed to be a disease of lifestyle, because it is not often seen in people who eat healthy diets, who avoid coffee and cigarettes, who exercise, and who know how to prevent stress from deranging their digestive systems.
If diverticulitis is complicated by infection or if it causes intestinal obstruction, treatment with antibiotics and surgery may be necessary.
www.drweil.com /drw/u/id/ART00345   (232 words)

  
 Diverticulitis
Symptoms of diverticulitis may include alternating diarrhea and constipation; severe, intermittent cramps in the lower left side of the abdomen; tenderness in the lower left side of the abdomen; chills or fever; and rectal bleeding.
Diverticulitis is usually mild and should respond well to antibiotics and changes in diet.
To prevent diverticulitis, eat regular, nutritious meals containing high fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, watch for changes in bowel movements (from constipation to diarrhea), get enough rest and sleep, and do not eat indigestible seeds such as popcorn kernels.
www.hmc.psu.edu /healthinfo/d/diver.htm   (558 words)

  
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Diverticulitis can occasionally lead to perforation of the colon, and a life threatening infection that requires emergency surgery.
Diverticulitis can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract but is most commonly observed in the colon.
While diverticulitis is generally considered a disease of the elderly population, as many as 20% of patients with diverticulitis are younger than 50 years.
www.lycos.com /info/diverticulitis.html   (564 words)

  
 Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis
Diverticulitis is three times more likely to occur in the left side of the large intestine, and men are three times as likely as women to suffer with diverticulitis.
Treatment for diverticulitis focuses on clearing up the infection and inflammation with antibiotics, resting the colon with a liquid diet plus a pain reliever or a drug such as propantheline (Pro-Banthine) to control muscle spasms, and preventing or minimizing complications.
There are other benefits in having different kinds of fiber in a balanced diverticulitis diet: it helps to protect against cancer of the colon and rectum, and assists in preventing heart disease and a number of other health problems.
www.everydiet.org /diverticulitis.htm   (970 words)

  
 Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis occurs when small pouches bulge out from weak points in the intestines, forming 'diverticula', which then become infected or inflamed.
Most doctors think that diverticulitis is mainly caused by the Western style of diet, which is generally low in fiber and has a lot of processed and refined food, rather than healthier diets of wholewheat, fruit and vegetables.
The next stage of disease, diverticulitis, where the pouches become inflamed or infected, may be caused by bacteria or pieces of stool which are caught in the pouches.
www.diverticulitis.org.uk   (275 words)

  
 Diverticulitis: A Complete Guide to Diverticular Disease
Diverticulitis defined is a common disease of the bowel, in particular the large intestine.
Diverticulitis develops from diverticulosis, which involves the formation of pouches (diverticula) on the outside of the colon.
Diverticulitis results if one of these diverticula becomes inflamed.
www.diverticulitisinfo.org   (146 words)

  
 Diverticulitis-Topic Overview
Diverticulitis is thought to be the result of a diet that is too low in fiber.
Symptoms of diverticulitis depend on the degree of inflammation or infection.
Surgery may be necessary if diverticulitis does not respond to treatment or if complications occur, such as chronic pain or a bowel obstruction, fistula, or pocket of infection (abscess).
www.webmd.com /brain/tc/Diverticulitis-Topic-Overview   (586 words)

  
 Diverticulitis: Diverticular Disease: Merck Manual Professional
Diverticulitis is inflammation of a diverticulum, which can result in phlegmon of the bowel wall, peritonitis, perforation, fistula, or abscess.
Diverticulitis occurs when a micro or macro perforation develops in a diverticulum, releasing intestinal bacteria.
Diverticulitis usually presents with pain, tenderness in the left lower quadrant of the abdomen, and fever.
www.merck.com /mmpe/sec02/ch019/ch019c.html   (520 words)

  
 Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis can feel like appendicitis, except you'll generally have pain in the lower left side of your abdomen, instead of the lower right side.
Diverticulitis is rare in countries where people eat a high-fiber diet that helps keep stools soft.
Diverticulitis, on the other hand, is usually diagnosed during an acute attack.
www.cnn.com /HEALTH/library/DS/00070.html   (1682 words)

  
 Diverticulitis Information on Healthline
Diverticulitis is inflammation of an abnormal pouch (diverticulum) in the intestinal wall.
If the perforation is large, stool in the colon can spill into the abdominal cavity, causing an abscess or peritonitis.
After the acute infection has stabilized, diverticulitis is treated by increasing the bulk in the diet with high-fiber foods and bulk additives such as psyllium.
www.healthline.com /adamcontent/diverticulitis   (403 words)

  
 Diverticulitis - Overview - RadiologyChannel.net   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Diverticulitis often develops as a result of a combination of diet and a weakness in the anatomy.
In medical terminology, a small out-pouching in the wall of a tubular structure is called a diverticulum, literally a structure that diverts whatever is flowing in the tube away from the main channel.
The rectosigmoid section of the large bowel is particulary prone to diverticulitis.
www.radiologychannel.net /diverticulitis   (549 words)

  
 InteliHealth:
Diverticulitis can lead to serious complications such as abscess, perforation, intestinal blockage from internal scarring, or fistula, which is an abnormal connection between two organs.
Later, you may need to have a procedure called a colonoscopy, which is an internal examination of the colon.
Repeated episodes of diverticulitis can lead to internal scarring and narrowing of the colon, which also may require surgery to remove a piece of the colon.
www.intelihealth.com /IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/9339/31117.html   (1132 words)

  
 Diverticulitis Diet
Diverticulitis occurs when pockets in the wall of the intestine, called diverticula, become inflamed or infected.
A low-residue diet is recommended during the flare-up periods of diverticulitis to decrease bowel volume so that the infection can heal.
When symptoms of diverticulitis improve, you may ease off of the diverticulitis diet and gradually add more fiber back into your diet.
www.healthcastle.com /diverticulitis_diet.shtml   (296 words)

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