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Hi, within the medical community how serious is diverticulitis considered to be?


Posted by judaith

Hi, within the medical community how serious is diverticulitis considered to be?  I first sent my husband in to our HMO over 6 weeks ago because I suspected that he had diverticulitis after a long bout of digestive pain and bowel problems; today was the first response back from his GP with a diagnosis of diverticulitis.  She ordered two antibiotics, which he will start this evening, and no follow up or dietary restrictions noted.  Two classes of antibiotics leads me to believe that he has developed a secondary infection due to the length of time his bowels have been rotting and inflamed and my main concern is  that without a sufficient treatment for the fecal impaction that the inflammation has caused, what is being done to prevent a rupture or peritonitis?  If he were my patient I wouldn’t feel confident in his overall prognosis without ordering for manual extraction of his impacted bowel and a strict diet of liquid or easily digested, fiber rich foods.  Furthermore, with out a blood draw, smear test or any imaging how does the GP know he hasn’t already developed secondary peritonitis?  Thank You  
 
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