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Can you get a colonoscopy if you have diverticulitis?

I had acute diverticulitis attack that put me in the hospital for 5 days. The gastroenterologist says I need a colonoscopy but I heard it can be dangerous. I am not sure what to do. Thanks.

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You do need a colonoscopy but should wait about 4-6 weeks after the acute event.

Please consult your physician about the risk associated with having a colonoscopy at this time. The level of infection can have a bearing on when the procedure is done.

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