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My doctor told me i have diverticulosis. is it same as diverticulitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
No.: Diverticulosis is the disease characterized by the presence of small outpouchings of the colon wall, called diverticuli. Approximately 20% of people with diverticuli may experience rupture of one of these 'tics', which leads to acute inflammation of the colon: this is called diverticulitis.
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 15 years experience
No: Diverticulosis is a common finding with a western diet. If it stays as it is, you should be able to live a normal life. For most people this is the case. Every once in a while, it can become inflammed, which is what we call diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is inflammed diverticulosis, which requires treatment.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Diverticulitis: Assuming you have diverticulosis in the first place, the symptoms of diverticulitis would include fever, chills, sweats, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pains usually either in the lower left or lower right aspect. Diverticulosis is the condition of having diverticuli that are not infected nor bleeding.

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