Nonsurgical management of acute jejunal diverticulitis: A review

Jeffrey S. Novak, Jeffrey Tobias, Jamie S. Barkin

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Background: Diverticular disease of the colon and its complications are well known and readily considered when patients present with the proper clinical scenario. Conversely, complications of small bowel diverticula are very uncommon entitles and are not often thought of as a cause of bleeding, obstruction, or an acute abdomen. Objective: To report two patients presenting with an acute abdomen caused by acute jejunal diverticulitis who were treated nonsurgically as opposed to surgically as the literature dictates. Methods: Two patients presented with sudden onset of acute periumbilical pain that bad increased progressively over 1-2 days before admission. An emergent CT scan performed in each patient with localized peritonitis revealed 'collections' consistent with abscess cavities. One patient was treated with antibiotics alone and the other with a combination of antibiotics and percutaneous CT-guided aspiration. CT-guided needle aspiration was performed and the injection of contrast clearly revealed communication with a jejunal diverticulum. Both patients did well and were subsequently discharged without incident or surgical intervention. Conclusions: Acute jejunal diverticulitis must be considered in the differential diagnosis of an acute abdominal process and may be successfully treated nonsurgically despite the recommendations of previous reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1929-1931
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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