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DefinitionDiverticulitis is inflammation of an abnormal pouch (diverticulum) in the intestinal wall, usually found in the large intestine (colon). The presence of the pouches themselves is called diverticulosis.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Small protruding sacs of the inner lining of the intestine (diverticulosis) can develop in any part of the intestine. They are most common in the colon. These sacs, called diverticula, occur with increasing frequency after the age of 40. When they become inflamed, the condition is known as diverticulitis.
Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:
Signs and tests
Acute diverticulitis requires antibiotic therapy.
Usually, this is a mild condition that responds well to treatment.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if symptoms of diverticulitis occur.
A high-fiber diet may prevent development of the disease.
Update Date: 5/16/2002Andrew J. Muir, M.D., M.H.S., Division of Gastroenterology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT