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Diverticular Bleeding

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  • Diverticuli are outpouches located in the colon.  When multiple diverticuli are present, it is known as diverticulosis.  In 1 out of 20 individuals with diverticulosis, these pouches may suddenly burst, causing bleeding from the colon or rectum.  80 percent of individuals with diverticular bleeding have only one episode.

  • Sudden onset:
    1. Abdominal cramping
    2. A large amount of bright red to maroon-red bleeding may occur in the rectum.

  • Red blood cell scan (looks for location of bleeding)
  • Mesenteric Angiography (X-rays taken of the arteries of the colon)
  • Colonoscopy after the bleeding has stopped, to make exact diagnosis.

  • Intravenous fluids
  • Blood transfusions if needed
  • Intra-arterial vasopressin can stop bleeding
  • Surgery, if bleeding fails to stop on its own
  • Surgery if bleeding source is found on Colonoscopy, even if bleeding stops.

  • You need immediate emergency medical treatment.  In some individuals, there may be massive blood loss that can lead to Shock or death.

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