Diagnostic Tests for Diverticular Disease


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Diagnostic Test list for Diverticular Disease: The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Diverticular Disease includes:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Diverticular Disease: To diagnose diverticular disease, the doctor asks about medical history, does a physical exam, and may perform one or more diagnostic tests. Because most people do not have symptoms, diverticulosis is often found through tests ordered for another ailment.

The doctor will ask about medical history.

When taking a medical history, the doctor may ask about bowel habits, symptoms, pain, diet, and medications. The physical exam usually involves a digital rectal exam. To perform this test, the doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to detect tenderness, blockage, or blood. The doctor may check stool for signs of bleeding and test blood for signs of infection. The doctor may also order x rays or other tests. 1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis: NIDDK

Last revision: May 27, 2003

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