- Q How is diverticulitis diagnosed?
Because the most common symptom of diverticulitis is severe abdominal pain, most doctors will have to rule out other causes of abdominal pain before deciding on a diagnosis of diverticulitis. The doctor may order a CT scan, which is similar to an X-ray,... Full Answer
- Q What is diverticulitis?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyDiverticulitis is an infection in the large intestine. When the large intestine does its work (squeezing bowel movements through the body and out), sometimes the lining is pushed out into little pouches, creating a condition called diverticulosis. If... Full Answer
- Q What causes diverticulitis?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineYou have three layers in the walls of your intestines. Where there's a little break between muscles, feces can squeeze into the gap and become as hard as clay. When that happens, the small out-pouches (they look a little like small thumbs poking out of... Full Answer
- Q How does diverticulitis affect the body?
Diverticulitis is caused by little sacs in the intestines that become swollen and inflamed. When these sacs swell, they may cause a tunnel, or fistula, from the intestine to another internal organ, causing infection. Sometimes the sacs in the intestines... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for diverticulitis?
The risk for diverticulitis increases as you get older. People over the age of 40 often develop diverticula - the sacs that, when inflamed, cause diverticulitis. Additionally, drugs that decrease the immune system's efficiency can increase your risk for... Full Answer