Are you suffering from diverticulitis?
Diverticulitis is when pouches called diverticula that are found along the intestine walls are inflamed or infected. Dr. Krishnamurthy Shivshanker of Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants in Houston, TX, can help diagnose and treat this issue.
More About Diverticulitis
The formation of these pouches is a condition called diverticulosis but diverticulitis is an advanced stage of diverticulosis. Several small abscess form in the pouches which may result in infection, or perforate the bowel.
In actuality, the pouches develop in several places, not just the intestines. They can be found on the digestive tract but are most commonly found on the left side of the abdomen.
Symptoms of Diverticulitis
Severe symptoms that require doctor notification include:
If left untreated, complications may arise and you may need surgery:
Your Houston gastroenterologist performs several tests that help indicate where exactly the abscessed pouches are located and the severity of the condition.
Need a Consultation?
For more information about diverticulitis, contact your Houston, TX, gastroenterologist by calling (713) 777-2555 today!