You may have diverticulosis, or small bulging pouches in the intestine, without symptoms. But when one of those pouches becomes inflamed or infected, you may experience severe abdominal pain, fever and nausea. When these symptoms persist for days, you may want to see a gastroenterologist for diagnosis.
How is diverticulitis diagnosed?
Abdominal pain can be caused by many problems. Your doctor do an examination and likely order tests to rule out other issues, as well as CT scan to identify inflamed or infected areas and to understand the severity of your condition.
How is diverticulitis treated?
Diverticulitis can range in severity. Treatment can include antibiotics and a liquid diet for some. For other, more severe attacks, a hospital stay may be required to let the bowel heal. Surgery can also be a treatment including primary bowel resection or bowel resection with colostomy. Our gastroenterology team works with the surgery team to develop the right care plan for you.
Your doctor may recommend colonoscopy after recovery from an attach to rule out colon cancer as a cause of symptoms.