2016-06-16 17:58:20 UTC

Diverticulitis 101: What is Diverticulitis?

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By age 50, about half of people have diverticulosis, a health issue in which pockets (or diverticula) form in the wall of the large bowel. In about 5 percent of people, these pockets become infected or swollen, which is called diverticulitis

  • Diverticulitis can be painful. 
  • It often comes about quickly.
  • Diverticulitis may need to be treated with an antibiotic.
  • About 20 – 40 percent of people with diverticulitis have multiple flare-ups, often within five years of the first attack.
  • There are steps you can take to lower the risk of future attacks. 

 

 

 

 

 

© AGA, September 2017

©AGA, July 2016

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