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Diverticular disease

Diverticular disease is a condition in which small pockets or out-pouchings (diverticulae) occur in the bowel wall. The presence of diverticulae increases with age, and there are associations with a “Western Diet” and lack of fibre.

For many people these cause no problems and are only found during colonoscopy or imaging for other reasons. Symptoms caused by diverticulae may include an irregular bowel habit, bleeding or discomfort which would likely be a prompt for investigation. A minority of patients may develop episodes of pain and fever caused by inflammation of these pockets (diverticulitis).
The management of diverticular disease is usually focussed on increasing dietary fibre and avoiding constipation. Antibiotics are sometimes required to treat diverticulitis and occasionally surgery is necessary for severe or recurrent cases.

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