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Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

5 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Pedro Hernandez answered

Specializes in Geriatrics

In fact many children are born with a large diverticulum called merckle's diverticulum that can get infected and gives symptoms like appendicitis in the other side of the abdomen around age 2 years old before or after.

Answered Jul 25, 2018


Dr. Sean O Donovan answered

Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery

Most diverticular disease is acquired, happens at older ages, and commonly left-sided. Congenital diverticuli are more commonly right sided, and may be quite difficult to diagnose in younger children, often only found when operated on for 'appendicitis' or incidentally diagnosed by ct scan done for obscure abd pain in infants.

Answered Apr 22, 2021


Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

This is usually an old person disease.Kids have a stretchier colon and are more prone to colon distension than formation of individual or multiple diverticula. Their inflammatory processes are most likely to involve the common surface and be transient.

Answered Sep 17, 2020



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