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

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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[S2k guidelines diverticular disease/diverticulitis].
 

Author(s): L Leifeld, C T Germer, S Böhm, F L Dumoulin, W Häuser, M Kreis, J Labenz, B Lembcke, S Post, M Reinshagen, J-P Ritz, T Sauerbruch, T Wedel, B von Rahden, W Kruis

Journal: Z Gastroenterol. 2014 Jul;52(7):663-710.

 

Last Updated: 16 Jul 2014

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The terms "Diverticulitis" returned 23 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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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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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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