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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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Diverticular Disease" returned 213 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Colonic Diverticula and Diverticular Disease: 10 Facts Clinicians Should Know.
 

Author(s): Anne F Peery

Journal: N C Med J. ;77(3):220-2.

 

Diverticular disease accounts for substantial health care utilization and costs. Despite this public health burden, clinical practice has been largely based on poor-quality evidence. Fortunately, there is growing interest in this neglected disease. Based on recent work, clinicians ...

Last Updated: 7 May 2016

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Comparative study of collagen deposition in the colon wall of patients operated for sigmoid diverticular disease.
 

Author(s): Mário Pantaroto, Gaspar de Jesus Lopes Filho, Clovis Antonio Lopes Pinto, Armando Antico Filho

Journal: Acta Cir Bras. 2015 Oct;30(10):715-9.

 

To investigate the deposition of collagen in the colon wall of patients with sigmoid diverticulitis.

Last Updated: 12 Nov 2015

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Increased Risk of Acute Coronary Syndrome in Patients With Diverticular Disease: A Nationwide Population-Based Study.
 

Author(s): Jiun-Nong Lin, Cheng-Li Lin, Chih-Hui Yang, Ming-Chia Lin, Chung-Hsu Lai, Hsi-Hsun Lin, Chia-Hung Kao

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Nov;94(45):e2020.

 

Diverticular disease and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are common disorders that share several risk factors. Few researchers have evaluated the association between diverticular disease and ACS. We aimed to assess the risk of ACS in patients with diverticular disease. A nationwide ...

Last Updated: 12 Nov 2015

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The terms "Diverticular Disease" returned 32 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

S2k Guidlines for Diverticular Disease and Diverticulitis: Diagnosis, Classification, and Therapy for the Radiologist.
 

Author(s): A G Schreyer, G Layer,

Journal: Rofo. 2015 Aug;187(8):676-84.

 

Diverticular disease and diverticulitis represent an increasingly common disease especially in patients with advanced age. The German Society of Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS) as well as the German Society of General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV) in collaboration with the German ...

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

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The role of colonoscopy in managing diverticular disease of the colon.
 

Author(s): Antonio Tursi

Journal: J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2015 Mar;24(1):85-93.

 

Diverticulosis of the colon is frequently found on routine colonoscopy, and the incidence of diverticular disease and its complications appears to be increasing. The role of colonoscopy in managing this disease is still controversial. Colonoscopy plays a key role in managing diverticular ...

Last Updated: 31 Mar 2015

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Epidemiology of diverticular disease -- systematic review of the literature.
 

Author(s): I Tănase, S Păun, B Stoica, I Negoi, B Gaspar, M Beuran

Journal: Chirurgia (Bucur). ;110(1):9-14.

 

Associated with the Western diet and life style,diverticular disease is affecting more and more developing countries worldwide. Recent studies show an increase in incidence of the disease at young age, that raises the risk of complications, along with major consequences for the patient ...

Last Updated: 24 Mar 2015

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The Gut Microbiome in Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Diverticulitis; Diverticulosis; Diverticular Disease

 

Last Updated: 10 Sep 2015

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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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Last Updated: 4 May 2016

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