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By Queens Boulevard ASC
July 21, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Diverticulosis  

Diverticulosis is a condition in which there are small pouches in the wall or lining of any portion of the digestive tract. Diverticulosis is a diverticulosiscommon condition with about half of those over the age of 60 affected. Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center, which is located in Rego Park, NY, offers treatments for diverticulosis. Here's everything you need to know about diverticulosis.

Diverticulosis Overview

Diverticulosis is a condition that causes small pouches to bulge out through weak spots on the digestive tract. The small pouches form when there is increased pressure inside the digestive tract that results from delaying a bowel movement, straining during a bowel movement, or constipation. Most gastroenterologists believe this condition is due in part to a diet low in fiber. A diet that is low in fiber leads to constipation, which increases pressure inside the colon with straining during bowel movements.

Symptoms of Diverticulosis

Most individuals with diverticulosis don't have symptoms. Sometimes this condition causes abdominal cramps, constipation, or bloating. When one or more of these pouches become inflamed or infected, the condition is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis may cause abdominal pain. If the area is infected, you may also have nausea, fever, chills, cramping, vomiting, bleeding, or constipation. 

Diagnosis of Diverticulosis

Your gastroenterologist may notice small, bulging pouches in your colon wall while performing tests for another reason. If you have symptoms that indicate diverticulosis, your gastroenterologist may ask about your medical history and perform a physical examination and tests. Diverticulosis can be seen by imaging tests, such as barium x-rays and a computed tomography (CT) scan.

Treatments for Diverticulosis

Treatment can help, but diverticulosis can't be cured. Treatments for diverticulosis include prescription medications and probiotics. Increasing the amount of fiber in your diet may also reduce your symptoms and prevent complications such as diverticulitis. Treatments for diverticulitis include a liquid diet, oral antibiotics, and rest. If you have chronic symptoms should make an appointment with your Rego Park, NY gastroenterologist as soon as possible.

Diverticulosis can affect your day-to-day activities and make life miserable and frustrating. Get relief today with one of your gastroenterologists in Rego Park, NY. Call Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center at 718-406-8000 right now to schedule an appointment in Rego Park, NY.

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