Diverticular disease or diverticulosis is condition where small pockets (diverticula) develop on the bowel wall. It affect the large bowel and more so on the left side. When these diverticulae become infected, it is called Diverticulitis.
- It is a very common condition thought to be caused by lack of fiber in the diet.
- About 50% of population will have diverticular disease of large bowel in their 80s.
- The common symptoms of diverticular disease include constipation, bloating, abdominal pain.
- Diverticulitis can cause severe pain, high grade temperature and at times diarrhoea.
- An attack of diverticulitis may require hospitalisation and antibiotics.
- Surgery is sometimes required for complications of diverticular disease.