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What is diverticulitis vs osis?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Bad/Not-So-Bad
Diverticulosis is the condition where little pockets form on the colon at natural weak points.
This is very common in the western world, presumably secondary to our diet, and increases with age. Diverticulitis is the condition where one of these pockets ruptures, leading to the release of intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity, causing (sometimes severe) inflammation and pain.

In brief: Bad/Not-So-Bad
Diverticulosis is the condition where little pockets form on the colon at natural weak points.
This is very common in the western world, presumably secondary to our diet, and increases with age. Diverticulitis is the condition where one of these pockets ruptures, leading to the release of intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity, causing (sometimes severe) inflammation and pain.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Diverticulitis is the condition where one of the pockets becomes inflamed, and possible infected. If it ruptures it is a surgical emergency. You can have the inflammation, infection and pain without rupture if caught and treated early enough by your doctor.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal
6 doctors agree
In brief: Itis= inflammation
Diverticul-osis means there are pocket-like protrusions of the colon wall, related to a low-fiber diet.
This usually causes no symptoms. Diverticul-itis means there is inflammation of at least one of these pockets, and is treated with antibiotics.

In brief: Itis= inflammation
Diverticul-osis means there are pocket-like protrusions of the colon wall, related to a low-fiber diet.
This usually causes no symptoms. Diverticul-itis means there is inflammation of at least one of these pockets, and is treated with antibiotics.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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