Small bowel diverticulitis

Case contributed by Yaïr Glick


Left lower abdominal pain for past several days. Mentions partial colectomy several years ago in a different country.

Patient Data

Age: 75 years
Gender: Male

Large jejunal diverticula at level of left kidney and below. Focal eccentric bowel wall thickening and adjacent fat stranding around an extramural gas bubble that could either represent a diverticulum or diverticular perforation.

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Case Discussion

The patient left the emergency room against medical advice; the idea was to admit him for IV antibiotics and supervision.

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