Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Fiber and Diverticulitis

By    |   Tuesday, 01 Feb 2011 10:20 AM

Question: What can help with diverticulitis?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Diverticulitis is an inflamed and infected pocket of bowel that starts as a local extrusion at a point of weakness in the bowel wall known as a diverticulum.

Most diverticuli do not get blocked or become infected, especially if we consume a high-fiber diet. High-fiber diets help keep the pressures within the bowel from having to rise too high to propel contents forward.

Though there is some genetic predisposition, diverticuli usually remain asymptomatic until they become blocked. Once blocked, they cause pain, discomfort, infection, and sometimes an abscess. They may rupture just like an inflammed appendix.

Most cases of diverticulitis are managed without surgical intervention, but by all means see your doctor as soon as possible. The most effective therapy for diverticulitis is early antibiotic treatment and bowel management to minimize and prevent perforation and abscess formation that may require emergency surgery.

Contrary to long established belief, seeded foods and vegetables are not related to an increased incidence of diverticulitis. A high-fiber diet appears beneficial at reducing attacks of diverticulitis in those with diverticuli.



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Question: What can help with diverticulitis? Dr. Hibberd's Answer: Diverticulitis is an inflamed and infected pocket of bowel that starts as a local extrusion at a point of weakness in the bowel wall known as a diverticulum. Most diverticuli do not get blocked or become...
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