2016-06-27 19:32:20 UTC

Symptomatic Diverticulosis Is Characterized By Loose Stools

June 29, 2016

CGH article in press will help you identify patients with symptomatic diverticulosis, specifically in patients older than 60 years.

Colonic diverticular disease is a common and costly health problem, ranking as the fifth-leading GI disease in terms of health-care costs in Europe and North America. M. Ellionore Järbrink-Sehgal and colleagues performed a random population-based colonoscopy study to better understand the prevalence of diverticulosis and key characteristics of this disease.

In their recently published Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH) article in press, the authors report that, as expected, there was a significant association between increasing age and diverticulosis. More importantly, the authors present new information on diverticulosis and its association with diarrhea-like symptoms in subjects across all age ranges, and with abdominal pain and diarrhea-predominant IBS in those older than 60 years. Unlike the traditionally accepted theory, the authors found no association between diverticulosis and constipation.

Future age-specific studies aimed at finding tailored therapeutic strategies for this condition are necessary.

Read the full study on the CGH website (login required).

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