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J Korean Soc Coloproctol. 2010 Dec;26(6):402-406. English. Original Article.
Kim MR , Kye BH , Kim HJ , Cho HM , Oh ST , Kim JG .
Department of Surgery, St. Vincent Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the value of nonoperative treatment for right-sided colonic diverticulitis. METHODS: One hundred fifty-eight patients with right-sided colonic diverticulitis were evaluated. Clinical history, physical and radiologic findings, and treatments were reviewed retrospectively. Also, additional episodes and treatment modalities were checked. RESULTS: Our patients were classified according to treatment modality; 135 patients (85.4%) underwent conservative treatment, including antibiotics and bowel rest, and 23 patients (14.6%) underwent surgery. The mean follow-up length was 37.3 months, and 17 patients (17.5%) underwent recurrent right-sided colonic diverticulitis. Based on treatment modality, including surgery and antibiotics, no significant differences in the clinical features and the recurrence rates were noted between the two groups. CONCLUSION: Conservative management with bowel rest and antibiotics could be considered as a safe and effective option for treating right-sided colonic diverticulitis. This treatment option for right-sided colonic diverticulitis, even if the disease is complicated, may be the treatment of choice.

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