2015-11-10 20:36:27 UTC

AGA Rolls Out Patient Guide for Acute Diverticulitis

Nov. 10, 2015

The new guide provides your patients with tools to better understand and manage diverticulitis.

AGA released a new guide designed specifically for patients suffering from acute diverticulitis, a painful form of inflammation in the digestive tract. The guide, which was released this fall, will help your patients take control of their symptoms and learn tips for preventing recurrence of the condition.

It outlines some common diverticulitis symptoms to look out for including abdominal pain and tenderness, which often presents on the lower left side, fever, and a change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation. These symptoms usually appear in a matter of days.

For patients who have already been diagnosed, the guide provides tips for preventing recurrence, including:

  • Reaching for high fiber foods, especially berries, beans, nuts and green veggies.
  • Exercising for at least 90 minutes a week.
  • Taking aspirin or acetaminophen for minor aches and pains.
  • Talking to doctor about getting a colonoscopy after your condition improves.

Along with this new guide that you can provide to patients, AGA also unveiled a guideline for physicians on acute diverticulitis treatment, published in the October issue of Gastroenterology. 

Stay tuned for information about our other newly released AGA patient guide on chronic constipation.

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