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Diverticular Disease of the Colon

  • P. Ambrosetti
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Abstract

This review on left-sided colonic diverticulosis and diverticulitis is based both on a literature survey and on the findings of a prospective study which was initiated at the University Hospital in Geneva in October 1986. All patients (except those requiring urgent surgery) who were admitted with a presentation suggestive of left-sided colonic diverticulitis and who had never previously been hospitalized with this diagnosis underwent computed tomography (CT) and received a Gastrografin enema (GE) within 72 h of admission. Patients were considered to have diverticulitis if one or both tests were positive and/or if diverticulitis was found at surgery and confirmed histologically. Patients who did not undergo surgery were excluded if the results of both examinations were negative.

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