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How are diverticulosis and diverticulitis diagnosed?

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If you think you have either diverticulosis or diverticulitis, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can perform tests to diagnose the conditions including:

If you have an acute case of diverticulitis, a colonoscopy can injure your intestine. Instead, your doctor may recommend only a CT scan, which can help confirm the diagnosis of diverticulitis.

  • A CT scan or X-rays that show the intestines and surrounding tissue and bones
  • Colonoscopy. Your doctor will use a flexible, lighted tube to look at the inside of your intestines.

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

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