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Diverticulitis is a condition that could follow in a person with diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is a condition where small pouches or pockets called diverticula bulge through the outer lining of the intestine. Once these pockets have formed, they can become infected and start to swell. Diverticulitis occurs when this infection or inflammation takes place.
Diverticulosis typically is caused when diverticula tear and become susceptible to inflammation, infection or both.
Some of the risk factors associated with diverticulitis are very similar to those risk factors associated with diverticulosis and include:
Prevention of diverticulitis includes:
The main symptoms of diverticulitis can include:
If you have constant, unexplained abdominal pain, or any other combination of the above symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your gastroenterologist today.
The treatments for diverticulitis depend on the severity of your condition.
Following diagnosis, your physician will be able to determine which treatments will be necessary.
Some of these treatments include:
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