Differential diagnoses

These are the differential diagnoses that you are thinking of with LIF pain.


  • This is asymptomatic¬†and in most people remains undiagnosed
  • It may present with a large, painless rectal bleed or be found incidentally during investigation for other symptoms. (CKS 2022)

Diverticulitissuspect if a person presents with one or both of:

  • Intermittent abdominal pain in the left lower quadrant
  • Pain is triggered by eating and may be relieved by the passage of stool or flatus

Ovarian cyst

Peptic ulcer

Crohn’s disease

Irritable bowel syndrome



  • diverticulitis and gastroenteritis are two unrelated conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract but their symptoms are similar,¬†so by following the link below, find out how to not mistake one for the other.


After considering the previous information you should make a differential diagnosis of diverticulitis