Diverticulitis: Physical Examination
Diverticulitis can present with a range of physical findings, mirroring the severity of the inflammation and the presence of complications.
Left lower quadrant tenderness is the most common physical finding, as most diverticula
Diverticulitis with abscess formation
- Tender palpable mass may be felt in the left lower quadrant in case of sigmoid diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis with perforation peritonitis
- Macroperforation with spillage of colonic contents into the peritoneum leads to generalized abdominal pain and peritonitis.
- Generalized tenderness with rebound and guarding will be seen
- Systemic signs of sepsis such as fever, tachycardia, hypotension is seen in cases of macroperforation.