Colonic diverticular disease in patients 40 years old or younger.Am Surg 1992; 58(10):605-7AS
Diverticular disease in patients 40 years of age or younger has been described as rare but virulent. Previous studies, based on age, on diverticular disease are often confusing because of inexact definitions of the disease status. With these criticisms in mind, the authors studied 322 clinical records on patients admitted with a diagnosis of colonic diverticulosis or diverticulitis to the University of New Mexico Hospital and the Lovelace Medical Center. Of these patients, 285 had documented evidence of colonic diverticula with only 6 per cent of these being 40 years of age or younger. The criteria for acute diverticulitis were met by 86 patients, 17 of whom were 40 years of age or younger. The younger group had disproportionately more men, particularly Hispanics. The authors conclude that acute diverticulitis is more common in the young than suggested by previous reports, but the behavior of the disease is not distinctive.