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 282 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Appendiceal Diverticulitis - A Case Report.
 

Author(s): Vlad Denis Constantin, Alexandru Carâp, Anca Nica, Alexandru Smaranda, Bogdan Socea,

Journal: Chirurgia (Bucur). ;112(1):82-85.

 

Appendiceal diverticulitis is a very rare cause for pain in the right iliac fossa. Whether it is simptomatic or discovered randomly during an appendectomy or barium enema, understanding its clinical evolution is important for having a good management. In this report we present the ...

Last Updated: 7 Mar 2017

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Is surgery necessary to confirm diagnosis of right-sided diverticulitis in spite of relevant clinical and radiological findings?
 

Author(s): Erkan Yardımcı, Mustafa Hasbahçeci, Ufuk Oğuz İdiz, Musa Atay, Hüseyin Akbulut

Journal: Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg. 2017 Jan;23(1):61-65.

 

Diverticulosis of the right colon is an uncommon entity. Aim of the present study was to report outcome in patients with right-sided diverticulitis diagnosed using computed tomography (CT) and treated conservatively.

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2017

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Risk factors of admission for acute colonic diverticulitis in a population-based cohort study: The North Trondelag Health Study, Norway.
 

Author(s): Aras Jamal Talabani, Stian Lydersen, Eivind Ness-Jensen, Birger Henning Endreseth, Tom-Harald Edna

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2016 Dec;22(48):10663-10672.

 

To assess risk factors of hospital admission for acute colonic diverticulitis.

Last Updated: 13 Jan 2017

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The terms "Diverticulitis" returned 32 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Laparoscopic lavage is superior to colon resection for perforated purulent diverticulitis-a meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Eva Angenete, David Bock, Jacob Rosenberg, Eva Haglind

Journal: Int J Colorectal Dis. 2017 Feb;32(2):163-169.

 

Perforated diverticulitis often requires surgery with a colon resection such as Hartmann's procedure, with inherent morbidity. Recent studies suggest that laparoscopic lavage may be an alternative surgical treatment. The aim of this study was to compare re-operations, morbidity, and ...

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2016

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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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New trends in the management of diverticulitis and colonic diverticular disease.
 

Author(s): Francisco Javier Medina-Fernández, Nélida Díaz-Jiménez, Ana Belén Gallardo-Herrera, Irene Gómez-Luque, Dimas Javier Garcilazo-Arsimendi, José Gómez-Barbadillo

Journal: Rev Esp Enferm Dig. 2015 Mar;107(3):162-70.

 

Colonic diverticular disease is a chronic disorder presenting with a variety of abdominal symptoms and recurrent episodes of acute diverticulitis. It is close linked to age so its prevalence has risen notably during the last decades in western countries, increasing costs related to ...

Last Updated: 3 Mar 2015

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Last Updated: 9 Jan 2017

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DEBUT: Diverticulitis Evaluation of Patient Burden, Utilization, and Trajectory
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Diverticulitis

 

Last Updated: 16 May 2017

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