Diverticulitis with abscess

Case contributed by Dr Sajoscha Sorrentino


Lower abdominal pain increasing over past few days.

Patient Data

Age: 75
Gender: Male

A 4 cm diameter rounded collection of fluid superiorly adjacent to the sigmoid colon which contains many diverticulae and is thick walled. It is in close proximity to the bladder wall, which also appears thickened. No gas can be seen in the bladder lumen to suggest a colovesical fistula.

In addition the aorta is aneurysmal with extensive irregular mural thrombus and extensive vascular calcification seen along the entire arterial tree. The right common femoral artery is also aneurysmal with evidence of previous intervention in the region. 

Incidental renal cysts and splenunculus noted. Extensive calcified pleural plaques are also noted, presumably representing prior asbestos exposure. 

Annotated image

See individual findings below.

Case Discussion

This case demonstrates extensive changes of acute diverticulitis with air containing abscess formation. 

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Case information

rID: 15633
Published: 30th Oct 2011
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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