The formation of an abscess is more likely in the patient who has had previous attacks of diverticulitis. The treatment for the diverticular abscess depends on its size and location, and the clinical condition of the patient (Hinchey et al., 1978). The patient's condition is also an indication of the severity of the abscess. The abscess that resolves with medical treatment will not necessarily become a candidate for surgery. Drainage may also be a solution and this can be achieved with the assistance of the radiographer using computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous drainage. Patients for whom drainage is not possible and who do not respond to drug therapy will require an operation.

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