A 45-year-old male asked:
What makes diverticulitis so bad that surgery is necessary?
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General Surgery 36 years experience
Hole In The Colon: Diverticulitis occurs when a small pocket of the wall of the colon ruptures, thru which intestinal contents may leak into the abdominal cavity. The severity of the episode is related to how quickly and how well the body seals this hole shut. If it remains open, generalized peritonitis can develop necessitating emergency surgery to remove this ruptured area (with a temporary colostomy).
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