GI Health | Diverticulitis
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Diagnosis and Treatment

What is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a painful condition in which pouches (called diverticula) form along the inside walls of the colon. These pouches can become inflamed – and even lacerated – causing extreme pain. If left untreated, diverticulitis can be very dangerous.


Diverticulitis symptoms can come and go, usually lasting for hours at a time. They include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever and chills
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite


Diverticulitis is usually diagnosed by a series of blood tests – including a complete blood count (CBC) – and scans including x-rays or CT scans.


Diverticulitis can usually be managed through lifestyle and diet changes, weight loss, and antibiotics. If recurrence of diverticulitis occur, or a patient has a case of “complicated diverticulitis”, surgery to remove a small segment of the colon maybe necessary.

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