Diverticulitis

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Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a complication of diverticular disease. Diverticular disease is characterized by the formation of diverticula, or small out-pouchings and pockets, in the walls of the colon (the last segment of the gastrointestinal tract which digests and carries food through the body). Doctors still do not completely understand why these pockets form. These pockets may become infected by the normal bacteria located in the gastrointestinal tract though, resulting in diverticulitis. Symptoms of diverticulitis include belly pain, fever, chills, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, or a loss of appetite. These symptoms can last from a few hours to over a week. Treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms and often includes antibiotics, which help the body fight bacteria that cause infections. Diverticulitis may also result in various complications, such as abscesses (pockets of bacteria growing within the body), which may require surgery. Diverticulitis may be prevented by drinking a sufficient amount of water, obtaining regular exercise, and eating a high-fiber diet.

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The terms "Diverticulitis" returned 257 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

IMAGES IN CLINICAL MEDICINE. Pylephlebitis as a Complication of Diverticulitis.
 

Author(s): Fernando Bazan, Marcos Busto

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2015 Dec;373(23):2270.

 

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2015

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Temporal Trends in the Incidence and Natural History of Diverticulitis: A Population-Based Study.
 

Author(s): Adil E Bharucha, Gopanandan Parthasarathy, Ivo Ditah, J G Fletcher, Ofor Ewelukwa, Rajesh Pendlimari, Barbara P Yawn, L Joseph Melton, Cathy Schleck, Alan R Zinsmeister

Journal: Am. J. Gastroenterol.. 2015 Nov;110(11):1589-96.

 

Data on the incidence and natural history of diverticulitis are largely hospital-based and exclude the majority of diverticulitis patients, who are treated in an outpatient setting for uncomplicated diverticulitis. We assessed temporal trends in the epidemiology of diverticulitis ...

Last Updated: 1 Dec 2015

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Validation of a grading system for complicated diverticulitis in the prediction of need for operative or percutaneous intervention.
 

Author(s): A K Y Fung, H Ahmeidat, D McAteer, E H Aly

Journal: Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2015 Apr;97(3):208-14.

 

The current surgical management of acute complicated diverticulitis has seen a major paradigm shift from routine operative intervention to a more conservative approach. This has been made possible by the widespread availability of computed tomography (CT) to enable stratification ...

Last Updated: 12 Aug 2015

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The terms "Diverticulitis" returned 29 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

S2k Guidlines for Diverticular Disease and Diverticulitis: Diagnosis, Classification, and Therapy for the Radiologist.
 

Author(s): A G Schreyer, G Layer,

Journal: Rofo. 2015 Aug;187(8):676-84.

 

Diverticular disease and diverticulitis represent an increasingly common disease especially in patients with advanced age. The German Society of Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS) as well as the German Society of General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV) in collaboration with the German ...

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

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Rethinking elective colectomy for diverticulitis: a strategic approach to population health.
 

Author(s): Vlad V Simianu, David R Flum

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2014 Nov;20(44):16609-14.

 

Diverticulitis is one of the leading indications for elective colon resection. Surgeons are trained to offer elective operations after a few episodes of diverticulitis in order to prevent future recurrences and potential emergency. However, most emergency surgery happens during the ...

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2014

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Role of damage control surgery in the treatment of Hinchey III and IV sigmoid diverticulitis: a tailored strategy.
 

Author(s): Roberto Cirocchi, Alberto Arezzo, Nereo Vettoretto, Davide Cavaliere, Eriberto Farinella, Claudio Renzi, Gaspare Cannata, Jacopo Desiderio, Federico Farinacci, Francesco Barberini, Stefano Trastulli, Amilcare Parisi, Abe Fingerhut

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2014 Nov;93(25):e184.

 

Many of the treatment strategies for sigmoid diverticulitis are actually focusing on nonoperative and minimally invasive approaches. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the actual role of damage control surgery (DCS) in the treatment of generalized peritonitis caused ...

Last Updated: 2 Dec 2014

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Study to Evaluate the Duration of Treatment With Ertapenem in Acute Attacks of Sigmoid Diverticulitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Diverticulitis, Colonic; Acute Disease

 

Last Updated: 12 Feb 2006

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The Gut Microbiome in Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Diverticulitis; Diverticulosis; Diverticular Disease

 

Last Updated: 10 Sep 2015

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Laparoscopic Peritoneal Lavage or Resection for Generalised Peritonitis for Perforated Diverticulitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Perforated Diverticulitis

 

Last Updated: 20 Mar 2014

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