What is Diverticular Disease?

Diverticular Disease is the development of small sacs or pockets that result in areas of weakness in the colon wall. Symptoms of Diverticular Disease, or Diverticulitis, can include pain in the lower abdomen, diarrhea and constipation, and fever or chills.

Colonoscopy Can Assist in the Diagnosis of Diverticular Disease

Diverticular Disease can be diagnosed by a physician performing a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a procedure where the physician will insert a flexible, lighted tube into your rectum and slowly guide it into your colon. The tube is called a colonoscope (or scope.) The scope transmits an image of the inside of the colon onto a video screen so that the physician can carefully examine the lining of the colon. This allows the gastroenterologist to look inside the entire large intestine to detect inflamed tissue, abnormal growth and ulcers. It also permits the physician to biopsy tissue, and remove polyps.

Barium Enema Can Assist in the Diagnosis of Diverticular Disease

Diverticular Disease can also be diagnosed by a procedure called a barium enema, also called a colon x-ray. This procedure involves the physician injecting barium liquid into the rectum with a small tube. This coats your colon. Air may also be pumped into your colon to improve the quality of images. This procedure helps the doctor detect any possible changes or abnormalities in your colon.

What Can you Expect if Diagnosed with Diverticular Disease?

If you have been diagnosed with diverticular disease your doctor may put you on a clear liquid diet for a few days and prescribe antibiotics. It is recommended that if you have diverticular disease you eat a high fiber diet and take antispasmodic drugs. Whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables are also recommended. Avoid eating corn, nuts, and seeds. Surgery may also be recommended to treat diverticular disease.

Blair Gastroenterology Associates Specializes in Diagnosing and Treating Diverticular Disease

If you are experiencing any of the listed symptoms or feel that you are suffering from a disease or disorder of the digestive system, call Blair Gastroenterology Associates today at 814-946-5469 to schedule an appointment for a complete evaluation with one of our qualified physicians.