Diverticular disease is one of the most common condition to effect the colon in the UK. Up to 30% of the population will have diverticular disease and many of these patients will have symptoms related to their diverticular disease.
What is Diverticular Disease
Diverticular disease is a condition where small pouches form in the wall of the colon. It occurs most commonly in the sigmoid colon but can effect any part of the bowel. Material passing through the bowel can get caught in the diverticula and then cause infection and inflammation. This is called diverticulitis.
When you have diverticulitis you might experience; abdominal pain, usually low in the left hand side of the abdomen, tenderness, fever, sweats and associated nausea and perhaps vomiting. Sometimes patients have pain and a general "flu like" feeling.
Diverticulitis may be treated by your GP with antibiotics or rarely may require emergency admission for intravenous antibiotic treatment.
Acute diverticulitis may be complicated by; abscess formation, perforation and peritonitis or stricture formation.
Very rarely surgery may be required for the emergency treatment of the complications of diverticular disease such as perforation or abscess. If this is the case an operation called a Hartmanns procedure may be carried out.
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