Diverticulitis Diagnosis

How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, exams, processes, and other information relating to the diagnosis of Diverticulitis below.


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How to Diagnose Diverticulitis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical and rectal exam will be done.

Finding the disease early is important. The pouch can break, releasing stool into the abdomen. This is a surgical medical emergency.

Tests may include:

  • Analysis of a stool sample to look for blood
  • Blood tests to look for signs of infection, inflammation, and bleeding
  • X-rays to look for a rupture
  • CT scan or ultrasound to locate and determine the size of the inflamed pouch

Once the inflammation subsides, other tests may be performed, including:

  • Barium enema -injection of a dye into the rectum that makes your colon show up on an x-ray so the doctor can see abnormal pouches in your colon
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy -a thin, lighted camera is inserted into the rectum to examine the rectum and the lower colon
  • Colonoscopy -a thin, lighted camera is inserted through the rectum and into the colon to examine the entire lining of the colon


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