Our objective is to describe the CT imaging characteristics of right colon diverticulitis,
the clinical characteristics as well as evolution in a series of 6 patients.
Right colon diverticulitis (RCD) being a fairly uncommon disease in western countries (less tan 5% of the total cases of diverticulitis in published series),
constituted until recent ages a frequently undiagnosed entity in the non surgical scenario. In the past,
the majority of the patients with RCD faced surgical interventions under the presumptive diagnosis of acute appendicitis (RCD is commonly seen in younger patients compared with other locations of diverticular disease -37 year...
Imaging findings OR Procedure details
We reviewed the radiology department records of our hospital for imaging studies of patients with a final diagnosis of right colon diverticulitis obtaining a list of six patients from 2005 to 2012,
all with definite diagnosis obtained by surgery,
follow-up imaging (CT,
clinical follow-up or colonoscopy.
In all patients an emergency CT study was performed,
an abdominal ultrasound was also performed as the initial study in four of them. Technical parameters of the...
Imaging studies play a key medical decision-making role in patients with abdominal pain,
especially in low clinical suspicion pathologies. RCD is a condition of low incidence,
benign course and primarily conservative treatment .
The clinical presentation similar to more common diseases affecting a relatively young group of patients [10,11] makes the knowledge of the CT imaging findings mandatory to reach the correct radiologic diagnosis,
avoiding unnecessary surgical procedures. If a right...
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