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How does diverticulitis affect the body?

Diverticulitis is caused by little sacs in the intestines that become swollen and inflamed. When these sacs swell, they may cause a tunnel, or fistula, from the intestine to another internal organ, causing infection. Sometimes the sacs in the intestines may become so swollen that they burst, causing intestinal contents to infect the entire abdomen. Additionally, patients who suffer from multiple bouts of diverticulitis may develop scarring that blocks the passage of fecal matter.

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