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Diverticular Disease

WHAT IS DIVERTICULAR DISEASE?

It is a common diagnosis affecting up to 60% of the US population by the age of 60 years old.

Patients with diverticular disease develop small bulges (diverticula) or pouches in the wall of their large intestine (colon). Diverticula can be found in any part of the colon, but most commonly in the sigmoid colon.

EMERGENCY SURGERY:

Severe cases of diverticular disease can require emergency surgery. Patients with diverticular disease will benefit from a surgical consultation and follow up to monitor progression of their disease and potentially have elective surgery to prevent future attacks of diverticular disease and complications associated with it.

INCLUDES TWO MAIN CONDITIONS:

  • Diverticulosis: defined as presence of diverticula (small pouches) in colon. It can be associated with abdominal pain or cramping, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, bleeding from rectum.
  • Diverticulitis: develops when one or more of the pouches become inflamed, and in some cases infected. It can also be associated with perforation (rupture) of one or several pouches. Common symptoms can include nausea and vomiting, fever, chills, abdominal distention and pain, constipation, less frequently diarrhea.
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