Diseases

Diverticulitis: Treatments

1 - Acute treatments

In case of acute symptoms revealing diverticulitis, hospitalization may be necessary to perform additional tests and manage the disease. The first-line treatment is first medical with infused antibiotics, a food diet - to put the gut at rest - and antispasmodics. Most of the time this medical treatment is sufficient.

But sometimes surgery is necessary. This consists of a resection of part of the colon, especially when a complication (haemorrhage, peritonitis) occurs.

When the pain and symptoms associated with diverticulosis are less important, a simple adaptation of the diet is sufficient. It is then most often a local irritation of a diverticulum, more than an infection per se.
In case of pain caused by a diverticulum, we recommend a so-called "white" diet, with rice and white bread. In addition, taking anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is not recommended.

At the slightest doubt, if the symptoms worsen, the opinion of a doctor is essential.

2 - Prevention

Once treated, diverticulitis recurrence in a third of cases. There is no evidence that any plan reduces the risk of re-offending. Anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided. Obesity must be fought, physical exercise encouraged.

To prevent diverticulosis, there is no treatment per se, but health and dietary advice: a diet rich in fiber and particularly in his (whole grain bread or seed).

Popular Posts

Category Diseases, Next Article

Hashimoto: sources and notes - Diseases
Diseases

Hashimoto: sources and notes

Author: Dr Iléana de Lameth, Hospital Practitioner in Endocrinology, Diabetology, Nutrition Sources: 1. High Authority of Health (HAS). Hypothyroidism in adults: Diagnosis and care April 2007. www.has-sante.fr/portail/upload/docs/application/pdf/hypothyroidies_frustes_recommandations_vf.pdf 2. Biological diagnosis and monitoring of adult hyperthyroidism February 2000 //www.
Read More
Herniated disc: sources and notes - Diseases
Diseases

Herniated disc: sources and notes

- Lumbar disc herniation, Practical advice of Sofcot, September 2005, n ° 12. Outcome of cervical spine levels adjacent to anterior fusion: long term follow-up. - Europespine 2002 - 4th Annual meeting of the European Spine Society - Nantes (France).
Read More
Allergy to gluten - Diseases
Diseases

Allergy to gluten

Although allergy to gluten and gluten intolerance (or celiac disease for the latter) both involve the immune system, they are two distinct conditions. Yet they generally have the same symptoms in the eyes of patients. This results in people who self-label gluten sensitive without knowing the severity of their pathology
Read More
Heart rhythm disorders - Diseases
Diseases

Heart rhythm disorders

When the heart does not beat normally, we talk about heart rhythm disorders. The heart is a muscle that functions autonomously; indeed, it can generate and circulate an electric current through the presence in its walls of nodes and bundles of conductive nerve fibers. At each electrical impulse, the cardiac muscle contracts, then dilates alternately, the cavities, atria and ventricles are emptied and filled with blood by the opening and closing play of the valves situated between the cavities and the large arterial vessels
Read More