Run Time: 3 minutes
Author: Dr. Michael Hunt
- Diverticulitis is the inflammation of diverticula or projecting pockets coming off of the colon.
- 2-4% of the population have this and 15-30% have recurrences of diverticulitis. Most of these cases do not have any complications.
- Flagyl and ciprofloxacin are given normally to treat the infection in the United States. This can cause antibiotic related complications like Clostridium difficile.
- Certain European countries have altered their treatment plan to not prescribe antibiotics for non-complicated diverticulitis.
- The criteria for non-complicated are: health, no white count, no sepsis, no perforation, no abscess, and no peritonitis.
Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/diverticulitis/