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Chronic Diverticulitis

Details of the Patient

  • Patient's Name: Anonymous
  • Patient's Age: 43
  • Patient's Gender: female

Symptoms shown by the Patient

  • History of lower abdominal pain for 2 days
  • History of abdominal distention for 2 days
  • Not passing stool for 2 days

An Overview of the Case

A 43 year old female came with diagnosed case of chronic diverticulitis. She was on medication for last 2 years. Upon examination, abdomen distended with tympanic note all over abdomen. After thorough evaluation she underwent laparoscopic sigmoidectomy with 5 small cuts over abdomen. The operation time was 4 hours with a blood loss of 200 ml. She was hospitalized for 6 days, later discharged with normal life style and tolerating normal food.

 

Diverticulosis is a condition in which there are small pouches or pockets in the wall or lining of any portion of the digestive tract. These pockets occur when the inner layer of the digestive tract pushes through weak spots in the outer layer. Diverticulitis occurs when the pouches become infected or inflamed. This condition usually produces localized abdominal pain, tenderness to touch and fever. A person with diverticulitis may also experience nausea, vomiting, shaking, chills or constipation. Minor cases of infection are usually treated with oral antibiotics and do not require admission to the hospital. Repeated attacks of diverticulitis may require surgery to remove the affected portion of the colon. 

Medical Tests Performed

  • CT Scan of abdomen & pelvis

Guidelines Provided after Treatment

Followup to be done. Normal food to be consumed.

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You may get a sour or bitter taste in the back of your mouth if you have acid reflux. It may also cause food or liquid to regurgitate from your stomach into your mouth. Some other symptoms of GERD include:

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