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Diverticulitis

What is diverticulosis?

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  • AHealthwise answered

    Diverticulosis is a condition in which pouches called diverticula form in the wall of the large intestine (colon). The pouches may not cause any symptoms, or they may bleed or become painful, inflamed, or infected.

    The reason pouches (diverticula) form in the colon wall is not completely understood. Doctors think diverticula form when high pressure inside the colon pushes against weak spots in the colon wall. These pouches are usually very small (5 to 10 millimeters) in diameter but can be larger. They become more likely with age. They are found most often in the colon. But diverticula can be found in nearly all parts of the digestive tract.

    Most people don't know they have diverticulosis. If diverticulosis isn't causing any problems, it may not need to be treated. If diagnosed, it is usually managed by increasing the amount of fiber in the person's diet and avoiding constipation.



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  • AMarc Sonenshine, MD, Gastroenterology, answered on behalf of Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates

    Diverticulosis is the out-pouching of the colon wall. Diverticulosis is quite common with approximately 60% of all Americans having diverticulosis by the age of 60. Though not proven, many theorize the western diet low in fiber has contributed to the increasing frequency of diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is diagnosed either during the time of a colonoscopy or by a radiological study (barium enema, CT scan). Of all patients with diverticulosis, 70% will remain asymptomatic.

    The two most common complications of diverticulosis include bleeding or infection (diverticulitis). Diverticulitis is when the out-pouches of the colon become infected causing acute onset of abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Diverticular bleeding is the abrupt onset of painless, large volume rectal bleeding. Both complications often require hospitalization for treatment.

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  • ARobynne Chutkan, MD, Gastroenterology, answered
    Diverticulosis is a condition where the colon develops little pockets (potholes) as a result of a diet that's relatively low in fiber and high in animal products. The colon, particularly the lower part called the sigmoid, has to work much harder to expel the small, hard stool that is characteristic of a low-fiber diet, and over time, it develops these scooped out pockets in the wall from all the strenuous activity. Once the diverticular pockets form, stool can get stuck inside them causing an annoying sensation of incomplete emptying. Additional bacterial fermentation of the stool within the pockets results in frequent bloating. Diverticulosis refers to the presence of the pockets.
  • Diverticulosis is a condition in which there are small pouches or pockets in the wall or lining of any portion of the digestive tract. These pockets occur when the inner layer of the digestive tract pushes through weak spots in the outer layer. A single pouch is called a diverticulum.

    The pouches associated with diverticulosis are most often located in the lower part of the large intestine (the colon). Some people may have only several small pouches on the left side of the colon, while others may have involvement in most of the colon.
  • ARaman Menon, MD, Colon / Rectal Surgery, answered on behalf of Swedish

    Diverticulosis is a term that refers to having pockets in the colon, and it is a common condition in North America.

    These pockets form in the colon as patients get older and occur in more than 50% of Americans by age 65, and almost all Americans by age 80. These pockets, or diverticula, cannot turn into cancer and do not cause problems in the majority of people who have them.

    Diverticula (pockets) can form throughout the colon but most typically occur in the descending or sigmoid colon, usually on the left side of the body.

     

     

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  • ABill Salt, MD, Gastroenterology, answered

    Diverticulosis is a condition of the colon in which small pouches develop.

    About one of every three Americans will develop small pouches (diverticula) of the colon (diverticulosis) by age 60, and two of every three will have diverticulosis by age 85. Most people with diverticulosis don't have any symptoms from the condition unless they develop one of two complications: either rectal bleeding or inflammation, called diverticulitis.

  • APatricia Raymond, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    Diverticulosis (sometimes called tics) is simply potholes in your colon. And these divots have no symptoms unless they become plugged with poo. As stool has bacteria in it, the plugged diverticulosis becomes an abscess. We call this condition diverticulitis.
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