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Diverticular Disease is a condition that occurs in both the small and large intestine, when diverticula (sac-like protrusions) form on the intestinal walls. Generally, the large intestine (colon) is more affected than the small intestine.

The topic Diverticulitis you are seeking is a synonym, or alternative name, or is closely related to the medical condition Diverticular Disease.

Quick Summary:

  • Diverticular Disease is a condition that occurs in both the small and large intestine, when diverticula (sac-like protrusions) form on the intestinal walls. Generally, the large intestine (colon) is more affected than the small intestine
  • Diverticula usually develop due to excessive muscle strain in the rectum, due to constipation; constipation usually occurring secondary to a low-fiber diet
  • Obesity, lack of exercise, and an imbalanced diet can increase one’s risk of developing Diverticular Disease, which is typically observed in older adults
  • The signs and symptoms of Diverticular Disease can include abdominal cramping and bloating, constipation, lower abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and vomiting. A delay or lack of treatment could lead to severe complications that include intestinal perforation and abscess formation, which can destroy intestinal tissue
  • Dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, surgery (for severe cases), and symptomatic treatment of Diverticular Disease can result in a good prognosis, when early diagnosis and treatment is provided
  • Preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of developing Diverticular Disease include increasing the proportion of fiber in one’s diet, increasing fluid intake, regular exercise, and maintaining a proper weight

Please find comprehensive information on Diverticular Disease regarding definition, distribution, risk factors, causes, signs & symptoms, diagnosis, complications, treatment, prevention, prognosis, and additional useful information HERE.

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American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
85 West Algonquin Road, Suite 550, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 290-9184
Fax: (847) 290-9203
Email: ascrs@fascrs.org
Website: https://www.fascrs.org

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK)
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Building 31, Room 9A04 Center Drive, MSC 2560
Phone: (301) 496-3583
Fax: (410) 689-3998
Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
Website: http://www.niddk.nih.gov

References and Information Sources used for the Article:

http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/diverticular-disease/Pages/ez.aspx#symptoms (accessed on 06/07/17)

http://colorectal.surgery.ucsf.edu/conditions--procedures/diverticulitis.aspx (accessed on 06/07/17)

http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/assets/downloads/en/pdf/guidelines/07_diverticular_disease.pdf (accessed on 06/07/17)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2780269/ (accessed on 06/07/17)

Helpful Peer-Reviewed Medical Articles:

Chabok, A., Påhlman, L., Hjern, F., Haapaniemi, S., & Smedh, K. (2012). Randomized clinical trial of antibiotics in acute uncomplicated diverticulitis. British journal of surgery, 99(4), 532-539.

Feingold, D., Steele, S. R., Lee, S., Kaiser, A., Boushey, R., Buie, W. D., & Rafferty, J. F. (2014). Practice parameters for the treatment of sigmoid diverticulitis. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 57(3), 284-294.

Eglinton, T., Nguyen, T., Raniga, S., Dixon, L., Dobbs, B., & Frizelle, F. A. (2010). Patterns of recurrence in patients with acute diverticulitis. British Journal of Surgery, 97(6), 952-957.

Hall, J. F., Roberts, P. L., Ricciardi, R., Read, T., Scheirey, C., Wald, C., ... & Schoetz, D. J. (2011). Long-term follow-up after an initial episode of diverticulitis: what are the predictors of recurrence?. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 54(3), 283-288.

Toorenvliet, B. R., Swank, H., Schoones, J. W., Hamming, J. F., & Bemelman, W. A. (2010). Laparoscopic peritoneal lavage for perforated colonic diverticulitis: a systematic review. Colorectal Disease, 12(9), 862-867.