Diverticulitis

Common Name(s)

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a complication of 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). Doctors still do not completely understand why these pockets form. These pockets may become infected by the normal bacteria located in the gastrointestinal tract though, resulting in diverticulitis. Symptoms of diverticulitis include belly pain, fever, chills, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, or a loss of appetite. These symptoms can last from a few hours to over a week. Treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms and often includes antibiotics, which help the body fight bacteria that cause infections. Diverticulitis may also result in various complications, such as abscesses (pockets of bacteria growing within the body), which may require surgery. Diverticulitis may be prevented by drinking a sufficient amount of water, obtaining regular exercise, and eating a high-fiber diet.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Diverticulitis" returned 158 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Colo-vesical fistula due to diverticulitis].
 

Author(s): Amin Makni, Wael Rebai, Fadhel Fetiriche, Faouzi Chebbi, Mohamed Jouini, Montassar Kacem, Zoubeir Ben Safta

Journal: Tunis Med. 2013 Oct;91(10):624-5.

 

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2013

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Colouterine fistula complicating diverticulitis.
 

Author(s): Anis Ben Maamer, Haithem Zaafouri, Rabii Noomene, Noomene Haoues, Ahmed Bouhafa, Abdelaziz Oueslati, Abderraouf Cherif

Journal: Tunis Med. 2013 Oct;91(10):617-8.

 

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2013

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Differential diagnosis of left-sided abdominal pain: primary epiploic appendagitis vs colonic diverticulitis.
 

Author(s): Jeong Ah Hwang, Sun Moon Kim, Hyun Jung Song, Yu Mi Lee, Kyung Min Moon, Chang Gi Moon, Hoon Sup Koo, Kyung Ho Song, Yong Seok Kim, Tae Hee Lee, Kyu Chan Huh, Young Woo Choi, Young Woo Kang, Woo Suk Chung

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2013 Oct;19(40):6842-8.

 

To investigate the clinical characteristics of left primary epiploic appendagitis and to compare them with those of left colonic diverticulitis.

Last Updated: 4 Nov 2013

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The terms "Diverticulitis" returned 22 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Minimally invasive and surgical management strategies tailored to the severity of acute diverticulitis.
 

Author(s): F D McDermott, D Collins, A Heeney, D C Winter

Journal: Br J Surg. 2014 Jan;101(1):e90-9.

 

The severity of acute diverticulitis ranges from mild, simple inflammation to pericolic abscesses, or perforation with faeculent peritonitis. Treatment of diverticulitis has evolved towards more conservative and minimally invasive strategies. The aim of this review is to highlight ...

Last Updated: 16 Dec 2013

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Guidelines of diagnostics and treatment of acute left-sided colonic diverticulitis.
 

Author(s): Caroline S Andeweg, Irene M Mulder, Richelle J F Felt-Bersma, Annelies Verbon, Gert Jan van der Wilt, Harry van Goor, Johan F Lange, Jaap Stoker, Marja A Boermeester, Robert P Bleichrodt, ,

Journal: Dig Surg. 2013 ;30(4-6):278-92.

 

The incidence of acute left-sided colonic diverticulitis (ACD) is increasing in the Western world. To improve the quality of patient care, a guideline for diagnosis and treatment of diverticulitis is needed.

Last Updated: 7 Mar 2014

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Diagnosis and management of acute diverticulitis.
 

Author(s): Thad Wilkins, Katherine Embry, Ruth George

Journal: Am Fam Physician. 2013 May;87(9):612-20.

 

Uncomplicated diverticulitis is localized diverticular inflammation, whereas complicated diverticulitis is diverticular inflammation associated with an abscess, phlegmon, fistula, obstruction, bleeding, or perforation. Patients with acute diverticulitis may present with left lower ...

Last Updated: 14 May 2013

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Study to Evaluate the Duration of Treatment With Ertapenem in Acute Attacks of Sigmoid Diverticulitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Diverticulitis, Colonic; Acute Disease

 

Last Updated: 12 Feb 2006

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The Out-patient, Non Antibiotic Management of Patients With Acute Uncomplicated Colonic Diverticulitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Colonic Diverticulitis

 

Last Updated: 28 Mar 2013

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The Gut Microbiome in Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Diverticulitis; Diverticulosis; Diverticular Disease

 

Last Updated: 19 Aug 2014

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