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What is the diffence between diberticulitus and diberticulosis?

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: One is an infection

Diverticulosis means that there are diverticuli present in the colon.
Diverticuli are little outpockets of the lining of the colon (called colonic mucosa). By themselves they are usually not problematic, but these pockets can get infected. That is what diverticulitis is - infection of diverticuli. Symptoms include abdominal pain, tenderness, fever, and constipation.

In brief: One is an infection

Diverticulosis means that there are diverticuli present in the colon.
Diverticuli are little outpockets of the lining of the colon (called colonic mucosa). By themselves they are usually not problematic, but these pockets can get infected. That is what diverticulitis is - infection of diverticuli. Symptoms include abdominal pain, tenderness, fever, and constipation.
Dr. Lonna Larsh
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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Inflammation or not

Diverticulosis: the condition of having small outpouchings on the colon (large intestine).
Very common, not related to polyps or cancer. Related to not eating enough fiber. Treated with high fiber diet and water. Diverticulitis: the pouches get inflamed or infected- happens to only 15-20% of folks with diverticulosis. Treated with antibiotics; abscesses get drained; surgery for complications.

In brief: Inflammation or not

Diverticulosis: the condition of having small outpouchings on the colon (large intestine).
Very common, not related to polyps or cancer. Related to not eating enough fiber. Treated with high fiber diet and water. Diverticulitis: the pouches get inflamed or infected- happens to only 15-20% of folks with diverticulosis. Treated with antibiotics; abscesses get drained; surgery for complications.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Infection or not.

Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticuli, while diverticulitis is an infection of same (technically a micro perforation which leads to infection).

In brief: Infection or not.

Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticuli, while diverticulitis is an infection of same (technically a micro perforation which leads to infection).
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