diverticulosis


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diverticulosis,

a disorder characterized by the presence of diverticula, which are small, usually multiple saclike protrusions through the wall of the colon (large intestineintestine,
muscular hoselike portion of the gastrointestinal tract extending from the lower end of the stomach (pylorus) to the anal opening. In humans this fairly narrow (about 1 in./2.
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). Diverticula usually do not cause symptoms unless they become inflamed, in which case the condition is called diverticulitis. Symptoms of diverticulitis vary and may include abdominal pain, fever, bleeding, and diarrhea or constipation. Treatment includes bed rest, antibiotics, and a soft diet.

Diverticulosis becomes more common as people grow older, and it is estimated that more than 50% of people in Western countries acquire the condition by age 80. Many physicians believe that lack of fiber or bulk in the diet is a contributing factor in diverticulosis.

diverticulosis

[‚dī·vər‚tik·yə′lō·səs]
(medicine)
Presence of many diverticula in the intestine.
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Low-Fiber Diet Implicated Diverticulosis is thought to result from a diet that is high in animal fat and low in fiber (the condition is far less common in countries where people eat low-meat, high-fiber diets).
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However, about four out of 100 people with diverticulosis develop acute diverticulitis, inflammation or infection of one or more diverticula, and about 15 percent suffer significant complications from their disease.
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About 25 percent of people with diverticulosis develop diverticulitis.
The reason for missing the diagnosis of small intestinal diverticulosis might be that the small intestine is tortuous and diverticulosis appears similar to the structure of the normal small intestine.
Seventy-three patients (mean age, 64 years) with diverticulosis were randomly assigned to receive, in double-blind fashion, 300 mg per day of microencapsulated sodium butyrate (formulated to be released in the colon) or placebo for 12 months.
THE PATIENT: 64-year-old man with a history of diverticulosis
La enfermedad diverticular consiste en diverticulosis (presencia de diverticulos dentro del colon), diverticulitis (inflamacion del diverticulo) y sangrado diverticular.
En todas las especies, la diverticulosis puede ser asintomatica o presentar signos inespecificos dificultandose su diagnostico.