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Diverticulitis surgery often avoidable, new standard needed

from Medscape (free subscription)

Complicated recurrence of diverticulitis is rare even after 2 acute episodes, and chronic symptoms often remain after colectomy, according to a systematic review published online January 15 in JAMA Surgery. The findings suggest nonsurgical approaches should be the standard of care. "The prior standard for proceeding with elective colectomy following 2 episodes of diverticulitis is no longer accepted," Scott E. Regenbogen, M.D., MPH said. more

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