What is diverticulitis?

Dr. Abboud discusses diverticulitis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

Some people have a condition called diverticulosis. With this condition, small pouches – called diverticula – bulge outward through the colon, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

If these pouches become inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis, according to the NIH.

The most common symptom of diverticulitis is pain in the lower left part of the abdomen, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians.

Diverticulitis also can cause a fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping, and constipation, according to the NIH.

For most people, diverticulitis is acute, meaning it was a sudden attack that causes pain to the patient, according to PPN physicians.

A small number of people develop chronic diverticular disease, with which they have a low-grade fever and mild, ongoing discomfort in the abdomen, according to PPN physicians.

For more information about diverticulitis, talk with your doctor.

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