Understanding Diverticulitis Symptoms: Recognizing the Signs

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you present with diverticulitis symptoms, a healthcare professional will perform a thorough examination and may order various tests to confirm the diagnosis. These tests may include:

1. Physical Examination

The healthcare provider will start with a physical examination, including palpating the abdomen to identify areas of tenderness or swelling.

2. Blood Tests

Blood tests can reveal an elevated white blood cell count, which is indicative of an infection.

3. Imaging Studies

Imaging studies like a CT scan or an ultrasound can provide detailed images of the colon and any inflamed or infected diverticula.

Once diagnosed, treatment will depend on the severity of the condition. Mild cases of diverticulitis can often be managed with:

  • Antibiotics to treat the infection.
  • A clear liquid diet to rest the colon.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers.

Severe cases may require hospitalization and more aggressive treatment, including:

  • Intravenous (IV) antibiotics.
  • Bowel rest (no oral intake).
  • Drainage of abscesses if they are present.
  • Surgery in rare cases when complications arise or if recurrent diverticulitis occurs.

Written by Cassandra Williams

Cassandra Williams is a Senior Editing Manager at A2ZHealthy