Diverticulitis                    REF: diverticulitis 2007

William V. Harford, Jr., M.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Definition/Key Clinical Features
Differential Diagnosis
Best Tests
Best Therapy
Best References


Key Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis

General Population

Women of Childbearing Age

Middle-Aged to Elderly Patients

Young Children

Best Tests

Best Therapy

Antibiotic Therapy for Diverticulitis


Sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim + Metronidazole

Ciprofloxacin + Metronidazole


Cephalosporin Alone

Cefotetan + Gentamicin

Metronidazole + Ceftriaxone

Best References

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: Dis Colon Rectum 43:289, 2000

Stollman, et al: Am J Gastroenterol 94:3110, 1999

Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract: J Gastrointest Surg 3:212, 1999

July 2004

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