Aging and heredity are primary factors in the development of diverticulitis, but diet can also play a role. Eating a diet low in fiber and high in refined foods may increase the risk.
If you think you have diverticulitis, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can perform tests to diagnose the condition that may include, CT scan, X-rays or a Colonoscopy.
Mild diverticulitis infection may be treated with stool softeners, a liquid diet, antibiotics to fight the inflammation, and possibly antispasmodic drugs.
If you have had a perforation or develop a more severe infection, you will probably be hospitalized so you can receive intravenous antibiotics. In addition, your doctor may want to drain infected abscesses and give the intestinal tract a rest by performing a temporary colostomy.
If you have several attacks of acute diverticulitis, your doctor may want to remove the affected section of the intestine when you are free of symptoms. You may also need surgery if intravenous therapy does not effectively treat an acute attack of diverticulitis.
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