Diverticulitis is a disease or condition that occurs within the Large Intestines.
Typically the disease is a progression from another condition called Diverticulosis.
Diverticulosis is out-pockets in the intestines, also referred to as pouches.
When one of these pockets becomes inflamed or infected it is referred to as Diverticulitis
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal cramping
- Increased colon pressure
- Lack of fiber
- Blockage of food particles or other item within the pocket
- Bacterial infection
- Blood work
* Leukocytosis or elevated WBC is often seen
- CT, MRI
- Abdominal X-ray
- Colonoscopy – is often done for diagnosis of Diverticulosis but when an infection is present.
- Bowel rest
* no oral foods
- Hospital admission may be necessary
- IV fluids
- Surgery – necessary in some cases
- Dietary change for prevention
*** – some argument has been made over the avoidance of nuts and seeds. This continues to currently be under discussion.