Consultant Corner: Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis is a common gastrointestinal diagnosis among emergency room visits in the USA. Diverticulitis without hemorrhage is one of the most common gastrointestinal diagnoses among inpatients admitted with gastroenterological illness, and it accounts for 2 billion dollars in total healthcare expenditures in the USA. Acute diverticulitis can be diagnosed using a combination of clinical and radiologic features. Complications of diverticulitis such as perforation, local and distant abscess formation, and fistulas must be identified early and managed by a multidisciplinary team. Patients with the index episode of acute diverticulitis of the episode may be managed conservatively. Patients with recurrent diverticulitis should be referred for surgical resection.
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