In diverticulosis, pouches called diverticula form in the wall of the large intestine (colon). The pouches do not cause any pain or other symptoms. Most people who have diverticulosis do not know they have it. But the pouches sometimes bleed, and if they become infected, they can cause pain and other symptoms. When this happens, it is called diverticulitis.
Diverticula form when pressure pushes the wall of the colon outward at certain weak points. A diet that is too low in fibre can cause diverticula.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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