The out-pocketing of the colon is a result of thinning of the colon and increasing pressure within the colon.
Diverticulosis is often associated with low-fiber diet, chronic constipation and increasing in age. About half of all Americans above age 60 years, and almost all over age 80, have diverticulosis.
The small pockets are called diverticulia. Multiple pouches are called diverticulae.
This is the term used when the pouches become infected or inflamed. The pouches can also cause severe bleeding that may require surgery but they do not often cause any discomfort or symptoms. At times, they can present as signs associated with constipation, such as abdominal cramps, bloating and gas.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can have similar symptoms.
Check with your doctor for a proper diagnosis of symptoms.
Keeping your bowel habits regular and stool soft is important.
A diet rich in fiber can help prevent and even relieve symptoms in most cases.
An attack of diverticulitis, if serious enough, can require a hospital stay for antibiotics and possibly surgery. This is especially true for bleeding associated with the diverticulae.
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