Diverticulosis is a condition in which pouches called diverticula
form in the wall of the large intestine (colon). The pouches may not cause any
symptoms, or they may bleed or become painful, inflamed, or infected.
The reason pouches
(diverticula) form in the colon wall is not completely understood. Doctors
think diverticula form when high pressure inside the colon pushes against weak
spots in the colon wall. These pouches are usually very small (5 to 10 millimeters) in diameter but can be larger. They become more likely with age. They are found most often in the
colon. But diverticula can be found in nearly all parts of the digestive
Most people don't know they have diverticulosis. If diverticulosis isn't causing any problems, it may not need to be treated. If diagnosed, it
is usually managed by increasing the amount of fiber in the person's diet and
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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