Monday, November 12, 2007

Explanation of Diverticula....Diverticulosis....Diverticulitis

It is not unusual for people over the age of 55/60 to have diverticula....better known as small bulging pouches. They are usually are located in the digestive tract. This is called diverticulosis. When they become infected or inflamed, it is called diverticulitis.

* These are the small pouches that develop when weak spots give way to
* The pouches are small at first and grow larger over time.

* Normally occur in large intestines.
* Can form anywhere. Includes esphogus, stomach and small intestines.
* These pouches normally don't cause any problems, you won't know you have

* The inflammation or infection of the pouches normally located in large
* The pain from an attack normally is severe and comes on quickly. It
normally feels like appendicitis, except the pain is on the left side.
* Sometimes a person will have mild pain which will get worse over time.
* Person may also have abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, and constipation
or diarrhea.



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