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What is the difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

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Dr. Donald Kim
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Osis and itis

Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula, small outpouchings "pockets" typically in the sigmoid colon that develop as people age.
This is very common with time. Diverticulitis is inflammation associated with the diverticula and typically requires treatment with antibiotics. The presence of the pockets does not mean you with get diverticulitis.

In brief: Osis and itis

Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula, small outpouchings "pockets" typically in the sigmoid colon that develop as people age.
This is very common with time. Diverticulitis is inflammation associated with the diverticula and typically requires treatment with antibiotics. The presence of the pockets does not mean you with get diverticulitis.
Dr. Donald Kim
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
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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).
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: Inflammation

Diverticulosis is a condition where small pockets form as outpouchings of the wall of the colon.
As many as 20% of people with diverticulosis will experience a rupture of one of these pockets; this leads to inflammation around the area that perforated: this is known as diverticulitis.

In brief: Inflammation

Diverticulosis is a condition where small pockets form as outpouchings of the wall of the colon.
As many as 20% of people with diverticulosis will experience a rupture of one of these pockets; this leads to inflammation around the area that perforated: this is known as diverticulitis.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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