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

Mesalazine in preventing acute diverticulitis occurrence: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
 

Author(s): Antonio Tursi, Marcello Picchio

Journal: J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2016 Sep;25(3):409-11.

 

Last Updated: 30 Sep 2016

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Patients with end-stage renal disease were at an increased risk of hospitalization for acute diverticulitis.
 

Author(s): Shen-Shong Chang, Nicole Huang, Hsiao-Yun Hu

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Sep;95(39):e4881.

 

Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) show a high incidence of bacterial translocation and impaired gastrointestinal motility. The intestinal tract is believed to be the most crucial source of translocated bacteria. To evaluate the risk of colonic diverticulitis in patients ...

Last Updated: 30 Sep 2016

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Clinical diagnostic accuracy of acute colonic diverticulitis in patients admitted with acute abdominal pain, a receiver operating characteristic curve analysis.
 

Author(s): A Jamal Talabani, B H Endreseth, S Lydersen, T-H Edna

Journal: Int J Colorectal Dis. 2017 Jan;32(1):41-47.

 

The study investigated the capability of clinical findings, temperature, C-reactive protein (CRP), and white blood cell (WBC) count to discern patients with acute colonic diverticulitis from all other patients admitted with acute abdominal pain.

Last Updated: 10 Sep 2016

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The terms "Diverticulitis" returned 34 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Laparoscopic lavage is superior to colon resection for perforated purulent diverticulitis-a meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Eva Angenete, David Bock, Jacob Rosenberg, Eva Haglind

Journal: Int J Colorectal Dis. 2017 Feb;32(2):163-169.

 

Perforated diverticulitis often requires surgery with a colon resection such as Hartmann's procedure, with inherent morbidity. Recent studies suggest that laparoscopic lavage may be an alternative surgical treatment. The aim of this study was to compare re-operations, morbidity, and ...

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2016

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Emergency Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy for Perforated Diverticulitis with Generalised Peritonitis: A Systematic Review.
 

Author(s): Sandra Vennix, Geesien S Boersema, Christianne J Buskens, Anand G Menon, Pieter J Tanis, Johan F Lange, Willem A Bemelman

Journal: Dig Surg. 2016 ;33(1):1-7.

 

Laparoscopic sigmoidectomy for diverticulitis has initially been confined to the elective setting. However, open acute sigmoidectomy for perforated diverticulitis is associated with high morbidity rates that might be reduced after laparoscopic surgery. The aim of this systematic review ...

Last Updated: 5 Dec 2015

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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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Last Updated: 9 Jan 2017

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DEBUT: Diverticulitis Evaluation of Patient Burden, Utilization, and Trajectory
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Diverticulitis

 

Last Updated: 16 May 2017

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