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 178 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Seasonal and weekly patterns of hospital admissions for acute diverticulitis.
 

Author(s): R Manfredini, B Boari, G Anania, G Cavallesco, M Gallerani

Journal: Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2015 Jan;19(1):54-63.

 

Onset and hospitalization of acute diseases do not occur randomly, but exhibit preferred high-risk temporal periods. The aim of this study, based on the database of hospital admissions of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, was to evaluate the possible existence of a seasonal or weekly ...

Last Updated: 31 Jan 2015

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Addressing the appropriateness of elective colon resection for diverticulitis: a report from the SCOAP CERTAIN collaborative.
 

Author(s): Vlad V Simianu, Amir L Bastawrous, Richard P Billingham, Ellen T Farrokhi, Alessandro Fichera, Daniel O Herzig, Eric Johnson, Scott R Steele, Richard C Thirlby, David R Flum

Journal: Ann. Surg.. 2014 Sep;260(3):533-8; discussion 538-9.

 

To assess the reported indications for elective colon resection for diverticulitis and concordance with professional guidelines.

Last Updated: 13 Aug 2014

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Perforated sigmoid diverticulitis in a lumbar hernia after iliac crest bone graft--a case report.
 

Author(s): Florian S Frueh, Raphael N Vuille-dit-Bille, Dimitri A Raptis, Hanspeter Notter, Brigitte S Muff

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The combination of perforated diverticulitis in a lumbar hernia constitutes an extremely rare condition.

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2014

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The terms "Diverticulitis" returned 26 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Rethinking elective colectomy for diverticulitis: a strategic approach to population health.
 

Author(s): Vlad V Simianu, David R Flum

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2014 Nov;20(44):16609-14.

 

Diverticulitis is one of the leading indications for elective colon resection. Surgeons are trained to offer elective operations after a few episodes of diverticulitis in order to prevent future recurrences and potential emergency. However, most emergency surgery happens during the ...

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2014

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Routine colonic endoscopic evaluation following resolution of acute diverticulitis: is it necessary?
 

Author(s): Amit K Agarwal, Burzeen E Karanjawala, Justin A Maykel, Eric K Johnson, Scott R Steele

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2014 Sep;20(35):12509-16.

 

Diverticular disease incidence is increasing up to 65% by age 85 in industrialized nations, low fiber diets, and in younger and obese patients. Twenty-five percent of patients with diverticulosis will develop acute diverticulitis. This imposes a significant burden on healthcare systems, ...

Last Updated: 25 Sep 2014

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The best choice of treatment for acute colonic diverticulitis with purulent peritonitis is uncertain.
 

Author(s): Line Hupfeld, Jakob Burcharth, Hans-Christian Pommergaard, Jacob Rosenberg

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2014 ;2014():380607.

 

Severe stages of acute, colonic diverticulitis can progress into intestinal perforations with peritonitis. In such cases, urgent treatment is needed, and Hartmann's procedure is the standard treatment for cases with fecal peritonitis. Peritoneal lavage may be an alternative to resection ...

Last Updated: 4 Jul 2014

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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 Gut Microbiome in Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Diverticulitis; Diverticulosis; Diverticular Disease

 

Last Updated: 22 Sep 2014

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Laparoscopic Peritoneal Lavage or Resection for Generalised Peritonitis for Perforated Diverticulitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Perforated Diverticulitis

 

Last Updated: 20 Mar 2014

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