What is it?

Diverticula is a pouch that develops in the lining of the digestive tract, more commonly in the colon. Diverticula are a common condition, especially in adults, and usually do not cause any problems. If the diverticula are infected it is called diverticulitis, which may cause abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhea.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include abdominal pain, typically in the lower left side, fever, nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhea.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include blood and urine tests, liver enzyme test, stool test, and a CT scan.

Treatment

Mild symptoms, or uncomplicated diverticulitis, may be treated with rest, antibiotics, and liquid diet. A severe attack required hospitalization and treatment with intravenous antibiotics. If an abscess is formed, it has to be drained. Surgery may be required in case of recurrent diverticulitis or its complications.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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