Diverticular Disease

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Diverticular Disease

Diverticular disease is characterized by the formation of diverticula, or small out-pouchings and pockets, in the walls of the colon (the last segment of the gastrointestinal tract which digests and carries food through the body). There are three types of diverticular diseases: diverticulosis, diverticular bleeding, and diverticulitis. The specific causes of diverticular diseases are unknown, but they are more common in people with a low fiber diet, which leads to increased pressure in the colon resulting in pocket formation. In diverticulosis (uncomplicated diverticular disease) the pockets form but do not become infected or inflamed, and therefore no symptoms occur. Infection or inflammation of the pockets (diverticulitis) can cause abdominal (belly) pain, fever, as well as other complications that may require surgery. Diverticular bleeding results in blood in the stool and bleeding from the rectum and anus, and may also require immediate medical attention. Diverticular diseases are managed by maintaining a high fiber diet (e.g. grains, vegetables), although episodes of diverticulitis and diverticular bleeding may require antibiotics, hospitalization, and potentially surgery.

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Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2015

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Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

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Last Updated: 28 Feb 2015

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The terms "Diverticular Disease" returned 216 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Genito-Urinary Function and Quality of Life after Elective Totally Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy after at Least One Episode of Complicated Diverticular Disease According to Two Different Vascular Approaches: the IMA Low Ligation or the IMA Preservation.
 

Author(s): Giulio Mari, Jacopo Crippa, Andrea Costanzi, Michele Mazzola, Carmelo Magistro, Giovanni Ferrari, Dario Maggioni

Journal: Chirurgia (Bucur). ;112(2):136-142.

 

The arterial ligation during elective laparoscopic sigmoidectomy for diverticular disease can affect genito-urinary function injuring the superior hypogastric plexus, and can weaken the distal colonic stump arterial perfusion. Ligation of the inferior mesenteric artery distal to the ...

Last Updated: 2 May 2017

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Serum levels of vitamin D are associated with the severity of the endoscopic appearance of diverticular disease of the colon according to DICA classification.
 

Author(s): Antonio Tursi, Walter Elisei, Marcello Picchio, Francesco Di Mario, Giovanni Brandimarte

Journal: J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2016 Dec;25(4):567-568.

 

Last Updated: 16 Dec 2016

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Diverticular Disease and Colorectal Neoplasms: Association between Left Sided Diverticular Disease with Colorectal Cancers and Right Sided with Colonic Polyps.
 

Author(s): E Ru Wong, Fazean Idris, Chee Fui Chong, Pemasari Upali Telisinghe, Jackson Tan, Vui Heng Chong

Journal: Asian Pac. J. Cancer Prev.. 2016 ;17(5):2401-5.

 

Both colorectal cancer (CRC) and diverticular disease (DD) are common in the affluent West, and their prevalence is also increasing in the rest of the world with economic development. Both diseases have common epidemiologic characteristics; increasing incidence, more common with advancing ...

Last Updated: 9 Jun 2016

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The terms "Diverticular Disease" returned 38 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The CDD System in Computed Tomographic Diagnosis of Diverticular Disease.
 

Author(s): Daniel Pustelnik, Fabian Henry Jürgen Elsholtz, Christian Bojarski, Bernd Hamm, Stefan Markus Niehues

Journal: Rofo. 2017 Aug;189(8):740-747.

 

Purpose This overview sums up the Classification of Diverticular Disease (CDD) with regard to its application in computed tomographic diagnosis and briefly recapitulates its targeted advantages over preliminary systems. Primarily, application of the CDD in computed tomography diagnostics ...

Last Updated: 26 Jun 2017

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[Diverticular disease: myths and realities].
 

Author(s): Daniela Fluxá, Rodrigo Quera

Journal: Rev Med Chil. 2017 Feb;145(2):201-208.

 

Diverticulosis and diverticular disease of the colon are common conditions in Western countries. The incidence and prevalence of these diseases are increasing and becoming significant for health systems. A growing body of knowledge is shifting the paradigm of the pathogenesis and ...

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2017

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Role of Fiber in Symptomatic Uncomplicated Diverticular Disease: A Systematic Review.
 

Author(s): Marilia Carabotti, Bruno Annibale, Carola Severi, Edith Lahner

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Symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease (SUDD) is a syndrome characterized by recurrent abdominal symptoms in patients with colonic diverticula. There is some evidence that a high-fiber diet or supplemental fibers may reduce symptoms in SUDD patients and a high-fiber diet is ...

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2017

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Prophylactic Elective Clipping of Colonic Diverticula
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Diverticular Disease

 

Last Updated: 7 Apr 2016

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Predictive Value of DICA in the Diverticular Disease of the Colon
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Colonic Diverticula

 

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2017

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A New Treatment for Zenker's Diverticulum-submucosal Tunneling Endoscopic Septum Division
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Zenker Diverticulum

 

Last Updated: 28 Jun 2017

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