Diagnosing and Treating a Colon Abscess

You may or may not know, but your chances of getting a colon abscess rises with age.  The body is like a machine, and just like a machine, the longer you have it, the more maintenance it requires.  Your gastrointestinal track is one of the places requiring the most careful attention as it is all at the same time one of the most used and most vital parts of the body, while also being one of the most difficult for early diagnosis.

Defining a Colon Abscess

The colon is the organ that finishes off the digestion process, absorbing the final nutrients from and creating waste.  Thus, it is one of the vital processing areas of the body.  An abscess is an infected cavity containing waste materials.  When abscesses occur in the internal organs, physicians sometimes refer to them as diverticuli.

 

About half of all adults over the age of forty have diverticuli; in most cases, having a colon abscess does not present any symptoms or harbinger any problems.  However, in some cases a colon abscess can be as sign of something more serious.

Symptoms of Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

The difficulty with diagnosing the presence of diverticuli is the same of diagnosing any of the many problems that may occur in the gastro-intestinal system, they mostly present with the same group of symptoms.  Typically, the subject will present with intestinal pain.  (Although it is not unusual to feel no pain however.)

Beyond the pain, some other symptoms may arise from having a colon abscess.  The two main conditions that arise are diverticulosis and diverticulitis.  Diverticulosis is less serious.  Symptoms other than pain are inflammation and difficulty with achieving bowel movements.  One may also suffer from IBS (irritable bowel) or breaks in the stomach lining (ulcers).  These symptoms, however, are not exclusive to having a colon abscess.

Diverticulitis is a more serious condition.  It too is characterized by pain in the torso.  On examination, a doctor usually isolates pain coming from the lower abdomen when the doctor palpitates the area.  The stabbing pain will typically come on without warning, though it could also slowly build up over the course of a few days or rollercoaster from high levels of discomfort to low.

The diverticulitis sufferer may also experience elevated body temperatures, nausea, regurgitation, shaking, and sensitivity to cold, or problems remaining regular when going to the bathroom.

Infection

One of the most common problems associated with diverticulitis is infection.  Typically, when a small colon abscess becomes infected, the body’s natural healing mechanism fights the infection and the individual barely notices.  If this fails, however, the abscess may grow and start to impinge on the interior of colon.

A course of antibiotics will typically help stop a colon abscess from growing and doing more damage.  However, sometimes the antibiotic treatment fails and the abscess increases killing the cells in it path and slowly spreading infection. 

In order to stop this condition from becoming serious, the physician may need to empty the abscess by inserting a needle into it and sucking out the infected material. 

Peritonitus

If the abscess breaks through the wall of the colon and spills into the abdominal cavity, this may lead to severe symptoms in the patient and possibly even death.  If peritonitus occurs, immediate surgery is necessary.

Other Problems

Diverticulitis may also lead to other problems like internal bleeding, blockages, and tears.  All need treatment from a physician.

Prevention

If you experience any abdominal discomfort that does not go away after a day or two, you should consult your doctor.  When it comes to your internal organs such as the colon, you want to make sure you get it checked out before it develops into something more serious.

So if you notice any of the symptoms above, be sure to get things checked out by your doctor as soon as possible.


 

 

 


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