Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis, Diverticular Disease)
Table of Contents
- Diverticulosis and diverticulitis definition and facts
- What is diverticulosis?
- What is diverticulitis?
- What causes diverticula and how do diverticula form?
- What are diverticulitis symptoms?
- Diverticulitis diet: Foods to avoid, and foods that soothe symptoms
- What are the more serious complications of diverticulitis?
- How is diverticulitis and diverticulosis diagnosed?
- What home treatment or remedies help soothe diverticulitis symptoms?
- What medications treat diverticulitis and diverticulosis?
- What is the surgical treatment for diverticulitis?
What are diverticulitis symptoms?
Most patients with diverticulosis have few or no symptoms. The diverticulosis in these individuals is found incidentally during tests for other intestinal problems. It has been thought as many as 20% of individuals with diverticulosis will develop symptoms related to the diverticulosis, primarily diverticulitis; however, the most recent study suggests that the incidence is closer to 5%.
The most common signs and symptoms of diverticulitis include:
- Abdominal pain (left lower abdomen)
- Abdominal tenderness (left lower abdomen)
- Elevated white blood cell count in the blood
- Constipation or, sometimes, diarrhea.