What are the indications for hospital admission for diverticulitis?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: Elie M Ghoulam, MD, MS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Indications for hospital admission include the following:

  • Evidence of severe diverticulitis (ie, systemic signs of infection or peritonitis)

  • Inability to tolerate oral hydration

  • Failure of outpatient therapy (ie, persistent or increasing fever, pain, or leukocytosis after 2-3 days) [8]

  • Immunocompromise status or significant comorbidities

  • Pain severe enough to require parenteral narcotic analgesia


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