Diverticular disease and diverticulitis are related digestive conditions that affect the large intestine (colon). In diverticular disease, small bulges or pockets develop in the lining of the intestine. Diverticulitis is when these pockets become inflamed or infected. Symptoms of the diverticular disease are lower abdominal pain and feeling of being bloated.
HOW IS COLONIC DIVERTICULAR DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Gastroenterologists first conduct a physical examination and evaluate patient history. Other diagnostic tests are:
• Digital rectal exam
• CT Scan
• Ultrasound tests
• Blood tests
Angiography may be performed to locate the source of bleeding.
HOW IS COLONIC DIVERTICULAR DISEASE TREATED?
In emergencies, the doctor would suggest you a laxative or enema, but this is not a long term solution. A change in diet would be advised along with extensive focus on consuming high fibre foods.
DID YOU KNOW?
It has been suggested that people with diverticulitis avoid eating seeds, nuts, and corn; however, there is little evidence to support this recommendation. Serious complications can occur as a result of diverticulitis. Most of them are the result of the development of a tear or perforation of the intestinal wall.