Acute Diverticulitis

  • Manuel Lorenzo
  • Vanessa Shifflette


Diverticular disease is a common condition with prevalence increasing with age. A complication of diverticulosis is diverticulitis which often causes the geriatric patient to present to the emergency room with abdominal distention, dehydration, and pain. These patients are usually triaged as uncomplicated or complicated diverticulitis depending on clinical exam and workup. Careful consideration should be given to the geriatric patient, as clinical symptoms do not adequately reflect the gravity of their condition upon initial evaluation. A treatment algorithm is presented and an array of management options is discussed for the management of this disease in this unique patient population.


Diverticulitis Leukocytosis Abscess Geriatric Fistula 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Associates in Surgical Acute CareDallasUSA

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