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A 53-year-old female asked:

i recently had my appendix out & was told i have diverticula in my sigmoid colon. how dangerous is this?

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Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Diverticula: Most americans have diverticula, little outpouchings in the colon wall. They rarely cause problems but can get infected, diverticulitis, or cause significant lower GI bleeding. However, most of us do not develop these. The best thing for you to do is eat a high fiber diet and try to prevent constipation. However, in reality we do not recommend avoiding any particular food to prevent problems.

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