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Digestive Disorders

Diverticulitis

02/08/1999

Question:

what is diverticulitis

Answer:

Diverticulitis is inflammation/infection of diverticuli. These are small bulges or pockets which develop mainly on the large intestine. They become more common as people age and are usually asymptomatic. Only a small percentage of people with diverticuli will develop diverticulitis. Diverticulitis typically causes pain and tenderness in the lower abdomen and fever. It is treated with antibiotics.

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Response by:

Michael Patrick Jones, MD, FACP Michael Patrick Jones, MD, FACP
Director, Center for Digestive Motility Disorders
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati