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.
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with diverticulitis?
- Q What is diverticulitis?
- Q What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?
- Q How can I reduce diverticulitis symptoms?
- Q Is diverticular disease serious?
- Q What can I do to prevent flare-ups with diverticulitis?