In some cases of
diverticulitis, a pocket of infection (abscess) in the abdomen heals on its own. At other
times it can be drained without surgery. A needle is passed through the skin
into the abscess, and the liquid containing the infection is drained. A
computed tomography (CT) scan is used to help the
doctor guide the needle into the abscess. Sometimes a plastic drain is placed
temporarily in the abdomen to drain the abscess.
A blocked colon can sometimes be treated with
bowel rest. You are not given anything to eat but instead receive fluids and
nutrients through a tube connected to a vein. Suction through a tube placed in
the nose and down into the stomach may be needed to keep the stomach emptied of
After 2 to 3 days of bowel rest, you are given
something to eat. If the obstruction has cleared up, no surgery is needed. If
the obstruction remains, bowel rest may be continued. If repeated periods of
bowel rest fail to clear up the obstruction, surgery to remove the diseased
part of the colon may be considered.
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October 25, 2012
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