Podcast #51: Diverticulitis

Run Time: 3 minutesdiverticulitis_s3_conditions

Author: Dr. Michael Hunt

Educational Pearls:

  • 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/


References: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27053254

 

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