Diverticulitis or hysterectomy: what caused Kate Middleton's injury?



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Diverticulitis or hysterectomy: what caused Kate Middleton's injury?
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The Princess of Wales Kate Middleton has been hospitalized since January 16th for abdominal surgery at the London Clinic, for an unspecified problem that will force her to miss public commitments at least until Easter.

But what is Kate's health problem? There is no official news on the abdominal surgery undergone by the Princess of Wales, considering that Kensington Palace has requested maximum privacy on the matter.

Among the hypotheses perpetrated by the British press there are hysterectomies perhaps linked to the after-effects of the three pregnancies or acute diverticulitis. Another hypothesis concerns that of stones or ulcers. Buckingham Palace immediately ruled out a form of cancer while a BBC source spoke of a serious problem, but not cancer.

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What is esterectomy?

Hysterectomy is a surgical technique that involves the removal of the uterus. It may also involve removal of the cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other surrounding structures. In many cases, during the operation the ovaries are also removed and this is called a hysterectomy with adnexectomy. Hysterectomy is the most commonly performed gynecological surgical procedure.

Removal of the uterus makes the patient unable to bear children and involves surgical risks as well as long-term effects. For this reason surgery should normally only be recommended when other treatment options are unavailable or have failed. The hospital stay lasts approximately 5 days or more in the case of abdominal surgery and approximately 1-2 days (but sometimes longer) in the case of a vaginal procedure or laparoscopic-assisted surgery.

What is acute diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a pathology of the digestive system, characterized by inflammation of one or more diverticula. Most cases of diverticulitis are located in the colon. Symptoms usually include lower abdominal pain with sudden onset. In North American and European patients the pain generally appears on the left side, while in Asians it is often on the right.

You may also experience fever, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, blood in the stool. Repeated attacks may occur. In most cases of simple diverticulitis, the disease responds to conservative therapy with intestinal rest and antibiotics. Medical therapy consists of the prolonged administration of an antibiotic combined with an antispasmodic. The most recent antibiotics in use act across a broad range, against a large number of the approximately 250 main bacterial strains known in scientific literature, so an examination of the intestine and feces is not necessary to identify the bacterium and a targeted antibiotic.

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