Diverticulosis is a condition common throughout the world. People with this condition have small "pouches" in their colon called diverticuli. When these pouches become inflamed, the condition is known as diverticulitis.
Patients may first notice a problem when they have flu-like symptoms and abdominal pain. In most patients, the pain is sharp and severe, but some patients report only mild discomfort. People may also experience fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If left untreated, diverticulitis can lead to perforation, peritonitis, stricture and rectal bleeding.
To correctly diagnose the problem our doctors at the CTColorectal will provide patients with some non-invasive testing, such as a blood work and CT scan. These tests can better inform the doctors how to progress with treatment.
Ignoring diverticulitis can lead to larger problems, such as abscesses. This happens after the diverticulum becomes infected, and an abscess- a small, localized area of pus- forms in the infected area. Often, these types of problems can be treated by antibiotics, but occasionally more invasive procedures, such as drainage, are required.
Patients are advised to eat a high-fiber diet, with foods such as breads, cereals, and whole grains. Recurrent diverticulitis may necessitate additional steps such as dietary modifications and possible surgical consult.
To find out more about diverticulitis, symptoms, treatment, and eating a more healthy diet, please call the CTColorectal at 203-281-7000 to make an appointment for a consultation. Our professional staff is more than happy to guide you on the road to living a happier, healthier life.