Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis, Diverticular Disease)

Diverticulitis (Diverticular Disease)

Diverticulosis and diverticulitis 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

Diverticulitis Symptoms

Rectal Bleeding

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:

  • Anemia
  • Anal fissures
  • Cancer
  • Colon polyps
  • Diverticulitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Ulcers (for example, ulcerative or Crohn's colitis)
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Reviewed on 12/28/2015
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