Diverticulitis: A review of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
© 2019 Cliggott Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved. Diverticulitis is a common occurrence in the hospital setting. Occurring in up to 25% of patients with diverticulosis, it presents with fever, pain, and a palpable mass in the left lower quadrant. In the early 20th century, intervention focused on surgery. Currently, a conservative medical route utilizing antibiotics selectively is recommended in cases of uncomplicated diverticulitis. Several studies question the need for antibiotics. Recurrence is a relative indication for surgical intervention, and percutaneous drainage is offered for cases with an abscess greater than 3 cm.
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