Diverticulitis: A Primer for Primary Care Providers

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Treatment of this common complication of diverticular disease is predicated on whether the presentation signals uncomplicated or complicated disease. While some uncomplicated cases require hospitalization, many are amenable to primary care outpatient, and often conservative, management. The longstanding practice of antibiotic treatment of uncomplicated cases is now considered a selective, rather than a routine, option.



CE/CME No: CR-1808

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest and evaluation. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Understand the pathophysiology of diverticulitis.
• Describe the spectrum of clinical presentations of diverticulitis.
• Understand the diagnostic evaluation of diverticulitis.
• Differentiate the management of uncomplicated and complicated diverticulitis.

Priscilla Marsicovetere is Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, and Program Director for the Franklin Pierece University, PA Program, Lebanon, New Hampshire. She practices with Emergency Services of New England, Springfield Hospital, Springfield, Vermont.

The author has no financial relationships to disclose.


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