Diverticulosis/ Diverticulitis - Glossary

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Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Apr 07, 2016
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Glossary

Abscess: Localized collection of pus

Anemia: Decrease in red blood cells in the blood

Atherosclerosis: Deposition of cholesterol in the wall of blood vessels that could lead to narrowing

Colon: The large intestine between the cecum and the rectum

Fistula: An abnormal tract between two organs or an organ and the skin

Flatulence: Excessive gas in the digestive tract

Obstipation: Severe constipation

Rectum: The last portion of the large intestine that ends in the anus

Stricture: Abnormal narrowing of an organ or blood vessel due to the formation of scar tissue or sometimes a tumor

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I have been on antibiotic since June 2018 every other week for my diverticulotis . I notice if Im not on them my stomach is bad. Is surgery the only answer to remove part of the colon? They said its a hard surgery to recover from and I dont want to chance of having a colostomy. Anybody else in this situation? .

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