Acute Colonic Diverticulitis - Is Transabdomincal Ultrasound Comparable to Computed Tomography in Diagnosis?

Miracle C. Iloani. (Sonographer, Nottingham University Hospitals/University of Derby Student)


Acute colonic diverticulitis (CD) occurs when mucosal protrusions (diverticula) from the colon wall becomes infected and inflamed. Its incidence increases with age and occurs most commonly in the sigmoid and left colon but can also be found in the right colon.

Although uncomplicated cases resolve with conservative management, severe complications such as perforation, peritonitis or large abscesses can require urgent interventional or surgical management. The causes of diverticulitis is thought to be linked to age, diet, lifestyle and genetics.

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