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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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Diverticulitis" returned 262 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Effect of High Perioperative Oxygen Fraction on Surgical Site Infection Following Surgery for Acute Sigmoid Diverticulitis. A Prospective, Randomized, Double Blind, Controlled, Monocentric Trial.
 

Author(s): Mario Schietroma, Beatrice Pessia, Sara Colozzi, Francesco Carlei, Ina Shehaj, Gianfranco Amicucci

Journal: Chirurgia (Bucur). ;111(3):242-50.

 

Propose: The clinical role of hyperoxiato prevent postoperative surgical site infection (SSI) remains uncertain since randomized controlled trials on this topic have reported different results. One of the principal reasons for such mixed results can be that previous trials have entered ...

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2016

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The Early C-reactive Protein Trend Does Not Have a Role in Monitoring Acute Diverticulitis Progression.
 

Author(s): Aristotelis Kechagias, Tero Rautio, Jyrki Mäkelä,

Journal: Chirurgia (Bucur). ;111(1):43-7.

 

To investigate the variation of the values of the serum inflammation markers during the hospital stay of patients with acute diverticulitis and to evaluate the role of their initial trend in the early determination of the disease resistance to conservative measures.

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2016

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Operative or nonoperative management of Hinchey III purulent acute diverticulitis?
 

Author(s): Renato Costi, Alban Zarzavadjian le Bian, Claude Smadja, Vincenzo Violi

Journal: Can J Surg. 2016 Feb;59(1):E2-3.

 

Last Updated: 27 Jan 2016

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The terms "Diverticulitis" returned 31 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Emergency Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy for Perforated Diverticulitis with Generalised Peritonitis: A Systematic Review.
 

Author(s): Sandra Vennix, Geesien S Boersema, Christianne J Buskens, Anand G Menon, Pieter J Tanis, Johan F Lange, Willem A Bemelman

Journal: Dig Surg. 2016 ;33(1):1-7.

 

Laparoscopic sigmoidectomy for diverticulitis has initially been confined to the elective setting. However, open acute sigmoidectomy for perforated diverticulitis is associated with high morbidity rates that might be reduced after laparoscopic surgery. The aim of this systematic review ...

Last Updated: 5 Dec 2015

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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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Randomized Clinical Trial to Compare the Treatment of Mild Acute Diverticulitis With or Without Antibiotics
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Diverticulitis

 

Last Updated: 27 May 2016

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Recurrence Following CT-guided Drainage of 1st Episode Hinchey II Diverticulitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Diverticulitis

 

Last Updated: 26 May 2015

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

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Diverticulitis

 

Last Updated: 17 May 2016

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