Diagnosis of Diverticulitis

Diverticula usually do not create any problems by themselves and most people become aware of them during routine screening tests for intestinal conditions. The diagnosis of Diverticulitis is usually made during an acute attack. Since the symptoms of diverticulitis such as abdominal pain could also occur as symptoms of many other conditions, your health care provider will first have to rule these out, before making a definite diagnosis. Conditions that could cause similar symptoms include:

  • Stomach ulcers
  • Appendicitis
  • Colon cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
Certain tests for Diverticulitis may also be carried out such as:

  • Physical examination of the abdomen for tenderness
  • Testing of the white blood cells for infection
  • Imaging tests such as CT scan which enables the doctor to examine the inflamed or infected diverticula.

Frequently asked questions
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