August 30, 2016

Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis, Diverticular Disease)

Diverticulosis and diverticulitis definition and facts

  • Most people with diverticulosis (diverticular disease) have few or no symptoms; however, symptoms that can occur with diverticulosis, which then may be called "diverticular disease" include
  • When diverticulosis is associated with inflammation and infection it is called "diverticulitis."
  • Diverticulitis as well as diverticular disease can be diagnosed with barium X-rays, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or CT scan.
  • Treatment of diverticulitis and diverticular disease can include high fiber diet, and anti-spasmodic drugs.
  • Foods to eat that may prevent diverticulitis flares include fruits and vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
  • It has been suggested that people with diverticulitis avoid eating seeds, nuts, and corn; however, there is little evidence to support this recommendation.
  • When diverticulosis is associated with inflammation and infection the condition is called diverticulitis.
  • Complications of diverticulosis and diverticulitis include rectal bleeding, abdominal infections, and colon obstruction.
Reviewed on 12/28/2015
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