8 doctors weighed in:

Diagnosed with diverticulosis- what is the difference between this and diverticulitis?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

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).
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Corey Clay
diverticuli=small fingerlike outpouchings from the wall of the colon caused by pressure inside the colon. Usually from lifetime of low-fiber diet. Usually nonsymptomatic unless they bleed. Diverticulitis causes acute illness and requires surgery if recurrent.
Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: -osis vs. -itis

"-osis" means you have diverticuli (small pockets or outpouchings within the colon.
"-itis" means the diverticuli are infected. Having -osis increases your risk of getting -itis, but doesn't guarantee that you'll get it.

In brief: -osis vs. -itis

"-osis" means you have diverticuli (small pockets or outpouchings within the colon.
"-itis" means the diverticuli are infected. Having -osis increases your risk of getting -itis, but doesn't guarantee that you'll get it.
Thank
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See below

Diverticulosis is the finding of small out-pouches that bulge out from the wall of the colon or large intestine, usually in the left lower colon.
Diverticulitis is a painful infection of these pouches, treated with antibiotics.

In brief: See below

Diverticulosis is the finding of small out-pouches that bulge out from the wall of the colon or large intestine, usually in the left lower colon.
Diverticulitis is a painful infection of these pouches, treated with antibiotics.
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
163K people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available