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Diverticulosis and Surgical Treatment

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

diverticulosis, constipation, diverticulae, diverticulitis, abdominal pain, peritonitis, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, barium enema, anastomosis, colostomy, bmbody

Overview *

Diverticula are small pouches that bulge outward through the colon, or large intestine. If you have these pouches, you have diverticulosis. This condition becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over age 60 have it. Doctors believe the main cause is a low-fiber diet.

Most people with diverticulosis don't have symptoms. Sometimes it causes mild cramps, bloating or constipation. A high-fiber diet and mild pain reliever will often relieve symptoms.

If the pouches become inflamed or infected, you have diverticulitis. The most common symptom is abdominal pain, usually on the left side.

If the diverticula are infected, you may also have:
- fever
- nausea
- vomiting
- chills
- cramping
- and constipation

In serious cases, diverticulitis can lead to bleeding tears, or blockages.

Treatment focuses on clearing up the infection with antibiotics, resting the colon and preventing future problems. A serious case may require surgery.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Anatomy
Symptoms & Causes | Other Treatments
Surgical Treatment | Risks & Complications
After the Surgery | Summary

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education program is for patients who may need surgery for diverticulosis. Included are the following sections: Anatomy, Symptoms & Causes, Alternative Treatments, Surgical Treatment, Risks & Complications, and After Surgery.

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Last reviewed: 10/17/2007

 
     
 

.Selected topic overviews were adapted from Medlineplus, the National Library of Medicine *

 
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