Table of Contents
- Diverticulosis and diverticulitis definition and facts
- What is diverticulosis?
- What is diverticulitis?
- What causes diverticula and how do diverticula form?
- What are diverticulitis symptoms?
- Diverticulitis diet: Foods to avoid, and foods that soothe symptoms
- What are the more serious complications of diverticulitis?
- How is diverticulitis and diverticulosis diagnosed?
- What home treatment or remedies help soothe diverticulitis symptoms?
- What medications treat diverticulitis and diverticulosis?
- What is the surgical treatment for diverticulitis?
Blood in the stool can be bright red, maroon in color, black and tarry, or not visible to the naked eye. Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.
Rectal bleeding also can be a symptom of other diseases or conditions such as:
- Anal fissures
- Colon polyps
- Ulcers (for example, ulcerative or Crohn's colitis)
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Diverticulosis and diverticulitis definition and facts
- Most people with diverticulosis (diverticular disease) have few or no symptoms; however, symptoms that can occur with diverticulosis, which then may be called "diverticular disease" include
- When diverticulosis is associated with inflammation and infection it is called "diverticulitis."
- Diverticulitis as well as diverticular disease can be diagnosed with barium X-rays, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or CT scan.
- Treatment of diverticulitis and diverticular disease can include high fiber diet, and anti-spasmodic drugs.
- Foods to eat that may prevent diverticulitis flares include fruits and vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
- It has been suggested that people with diverticulitis avoid eating seeds, nuts, and corn; however, there is little evidence to support this recommendation.
- When diverticulosis is associated with inflammation and infection the condition is called diverticulitis.
- Complications of diverticulosis and diverticulitis include rectal bleeding, abdominal infections, and colon obstruction. Continue Reading
Anne F. Peery and Robert S. Sandler. Diverticular Disease: Reconsidering Conventional Wisdom. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013;11:1532-1537.
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