Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis is a topic covered in the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics.

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General Principles

Definition

  • Diverticula consist of outpouchings in the bowel, most commonly in the colon, but can also be seen elsewhere in the gut.
  • Diverticular bleeding can occur from an artery at the mouth of the diverticulum.
  • Diverticulitis results from microperforation of a diverticulum and resultant extracolonic or intramural inflammation.

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