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Had a colonoscopy showing Diverticulosis in the cecum , congested mucosa in the rectum and hemorrhoids. Help

I had a colonoscopy three days ago. The findings were: examined portion of the ileum was normal, Diverticulosis in the cecum , congested mucosa in the rectum (this was biopsied and am awaiting results) and non-bleeding hemorrhoids . An appt was made to see a colo-rectal surgeon next week. What does all of this mean? I m 43 years old, male, and in good health.
Asked On : Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Thanks for posting your query.
As your colonoscopy shows diverticulosis and hemrrhoids. Diverticula are sac-like pouches that protrude from the normally smooth muscular layer of the colon while hemrrhoids are engorged Veins in rectum. Both conditions are predisposed by low fiber diet and persistent constipation.
Biopsy is taken to rule out any cancerous condition and ulcerative colitis.
It is quite possible that these diverticula get infected and inflamed called diverticulitis, present with pain and tenderness.
Once biopsy report confirms the diagnosis it can be managed conservatively or surgically removed.
Hope it helps.
Take Care!
Answered: Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist Dr. Shailja Puri 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Health Care Magic

Diverticulosis is a condition in which any part of the large intestine forms out pouchings. These outpouchings are formed due to differential pressure created in the intestinal lumen during passage of digested material.
Diverticulosis can remain asymptomatic but once infected they become symptomatic, cause pain or bleeding.

Hemorrhoids are distended veins in the rectal and/ or anal region. These veins are formed due to stasis of blood in veins. The cause of stasis of blood in veins is due to pressure abnormalities in the venous system at local site or at distant site.
Hemorrhoids can also become infected and bleed.

There are various means to treat diverticulosis and hemorrhoids.
The modality most appropriate for you will be decided by the examining gastrosurgeon.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal

Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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