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Friday, December 6, 2013
what is diverticulitis
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.
Michael Patrick Jones, MD, FACP
Director, Center for Digestive Motility Disorders
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati