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Diverticular Disease: Putting It All Together

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 18:49

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to Diverticular Disease.

  • People with diverticular disease develop small pouches-called diverticula-in the walls of their colon.
  • The diverticula develop from excess pressure in the colon that is caused by constipation due to lack of fiber in the diet.
  • The condition is common in older people.
  • The vast majority of those affected never develops symptoms and remains unaware that they have the condition.
  • The diverticula occasionally become infected or inflamed, typically causing tenderness and pain in the lower, left side of the abdomen.
  • In a small number of cases, complications can be severe and may result in a life-threatening condition, requiring emergency surgery.
  • In most cases, eating a high-fiber diet is the best and only treatment required.

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