5 updated practices for diverticulitis

CT scans are in and antibiotics for uncomplicated disease are out, say reviewers

It's time to throw out some “age-old” practices for diagnosing and managing diverticulitis, researchers argue in the Medical Journal of Australia.

CT scan

After reviewing the current literature and guidelines around condition, the Griffith University-led team in Brisbane have revealed five changes in diagnosis and management to be aware of:

  1. Radiological evidence of inflammation is needed for a definitive diverticulitis diagnosis. CT scanning has replaced barium enema as the primary imaging choice, with MRI not widely recommended.