Diverticular Disease

  • C. S. Pitchumoni
  • C. S. Pitchumoni
  • C. S. Pitchumoni


Diverticulosis, essentially a disease of the older adult, has increased in prevalence with changes in demographics and life expectancy. The onset of diverticular disease is typically noted in the sixth, seventh, and eighth decade of life. Abnormally increased intracolonic pressure in the sigmoid region and disordered colonic motility have long been implicated as pathogenic factors. The clinical spectrum of diverticular disease ranges from asymptomatic (over 80%), symptomatic but uncomplicated, complicated diverticulitis, and bright red bleeding. Diverticulitis is a result of microperforation which may be walled off or complicated. Uncomplicated diverticulitis can be treated with oral antibiotics as an outpatient, but some patients require hospitalizations, intravenous fluids, and antibiotics.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diverticular Disease Acute Diverticulitis Complicated Diverticulitis Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. S. Pitchumoni
    • 1
  • C. S. Pitchumoni
    • 2
  • C. S. Pitchumoni
    • 3
  1. 1.Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, Drexel University School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.New York Medical CollegeVallhalaUSA
  3. 3.Gastroenterology, Hepatology and NutritionSaint Peter’s University HospitalNew BrunswickUSA

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