chinst wrote:At any rate, he doesn't even have ulcerative colitis. He has diverticulitis, another chronic condition managed by diet change and sometimes medication. Also nothing career threatening.
True; when I read that Griffey had diverticulitis, I did some research:
Diverticulitis is a common disease of the bowel, in particular the large intestine. Diverticulitis develops from diverticulosis, which involves the formation of pouches (diverticula) on the outside of the colon. Diverticulitis results if one of these diverticula becomes inflamed.
An initial episode of acute diverticulitis is usually treated with conservative medical management, including bowel rest (ie, nothing by mouth), IV fluid resuscitation, and broad-spectrum antibiotics which cover anaerobic bacteria and gram-negative rods. However, recurring acute attacks or complications, such as peritonitis, abscess, or fistula may require surgery, either immediately or on an elective basis.
It seems that diverticulitis patients may suffer some serious complications, but I think Griffey may be young enough to avoid that with a proper diet and simply deal with the occasional symptoms.
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