Which procedures should be performed once an initial acute episode of diverticulitis has resolved?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: Elie M Ghoulam, MD, MS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Once the acute episode of diverticulitis has resolved, the patient may advance their diet as tolerated and then maintain a lifelong high-fiber diet. Colonoscopy or, alternatively, barium enema with flexible sigmoidoscopy should be obtained after resolution of an initial episode (typically 2-6 wk after recovery) to exclude other diagnoses, such as malignancy, [5, 29] ischemia, and inflammatory bowel disease.


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