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Diverticular Disease

diverticular.disDiverticular Disease occurs when pouches called diverticula form when pressure builds inside the colon wall and become painfully inflamed. The most likely cause of diverticulitis is a low-fiber diet.  This disease can lead to serious complications; seek treatment right away if you feel significant pain in the lower left side of your abdomen.

Symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Left side tender
  • Cramping
  • Fever
  • Vomiting

Diagnosis:

  • Abdominal ultra sound
  • CT scan
  • Digital rectal exam

Treatment:

  • High fiber diet
  • Antibiotics
  • Colon resection