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Diverticulitis Facts

Diverticulosis of the colon is a common condition that afflicts about 50% of Americans by age 60 and nearly 80% by age 80. However only a small percentage of those with diverticulosis have symptoms, and even fewer will ever require surgery.

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What is Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis?

Diverticula are pockets that develop in the colon wall, usually in the sigmoid colon, but may involve the entire colon. Diverticulosis describes the presence of these pockets. Diverticulitis describes inflammation or complications of these pockets.

What are the Symptoms?

Diverticulitis is an infection – most often in the sigmoid – and often presents with pain, chills, fever and change in bowel habits. The pain is characteristically left lower abdomen but may be in the lower abdomen and sometimes on the right side. More intense symptoms such as severe pain and high fever and difficulty passing bowel movements can be associated with serious complications such as a perforation with an abscess.

Patients with diverticulitis may present in various ways. Some patients have rare and minor flare ups that respond quickly to antibiotics. Others have more severe or more frequent attacks and antibiotics tend to be required for longer periods of time.

We specialize in the use of modern surgical methods to treat diverticulitis with quick recovery.

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