What monitoring is required following an episode of acute diverticulitis?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: Elie M Ghoulam, MD, MS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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After recovering from acute diverticulitis, patients should have their colons examined to rule out malignancy. Current modalities include colonoscopy, barium enema, and computed tomography (CT) colonography (virtual colonoscopy).

Biopsy of suspicious lesions or strictures can be performed during colonoscopy, which is advantageous.


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