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What kind of condition is diverticular disease?

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Dr. Jason Hemming answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

Pockets in the colon: Diverticular disease is the presence of out pouches of usually the colonic mucosa. Many times it is asymptomatic but it may cause pain, bleeding or infection.

Answered 9/14/2017

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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered

Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery

Can be inflammatory: Diverticulosis is defined as pockets or outpouchings of the colon, with thickening of the bowel wall. When one of these pockets gets obstructed it can get infected, causing diverticulitis, which can lead to abscess, perfration, diffuse peritonitis and death if not diagnosed and treated correctly.Most people with diverticulosis are without symptoms.

Answered 5/29/2015

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