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Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula. A diverticulum is a pouch-like indentation on the wall of colon.
Diverticulosis affects both men and women. It is more common in developed countries. The risk of colon diverticulosis increases with age.
Diverticulosis is usually found during tests done for other reasons. Diverticulosis can be identified during colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, barium enema and CT scan.
Diverticulosis rarely causes symptoms and most people with diverticulosis will never have symptoms due to diverticulosis.
Occasionally the diverticulum may become inflamed (diverticulitis) or bleed (diverticular bleeding).
Diverticulitis may manifests with the following symptoms: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, bloody stool. Diverticulitis may be complicated by sepsis, peritonitis, abscess, fistula, or obstruction.
Diverticular bleeding occurs when an artery located within a diverticulum erodes and bleeds into the colon. The bleeding may be maroon-colored or bright red.
If you think you have symptoms of diverticulosis talk to your provider.