Fast Five Quiz: Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis

B.S. Anand, MD


July 01, 2020

The AGA recommendations on the treatment of diverticulitis include:

  • Antibiotics should be used selectively in patients with uncomplicated diverticulitis.

  • Colonoscopy should be performed after resolution of acute diverticulitis if a high-quality examination has not recently been performed.

  • Prophylactic colonic resection for uncomplicated diverticulitis should be performed on a case-by-case basis.

  • A fiber-rich diet or fiber supplementation as well as physical activity (ideally, daily rigorous exercise) are recommended after resolution.

  • Aspirin use can be continued after resolution, particularly if it is being used for secondary prevention.

  • It is not necessary for patients with diverticulosis or diverticulitis to avoid nuts and popcorn.

  • If possible, avoid nonaspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

  • Mesalamine, rifaximin, and probiotics are not recommended to prevent recurrence.

Read more about the treatment of diverticular disease.

This Fast Five Quiz was excerpted and adapted from the Medscape Drugs & Diseases article Diverticulitis.

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