A diverticulum is a bulge in the intestinal wall, if there are more than one we talk about diverticulosis. The disease is common and over 70% of those over 80 years of age have diverticula. The disease is benign and is not cancerous.
In general, diverticulosis is asymptomatic. Sometimes, there can be a build-up of gas, the stomach swells and there is a variation in intestinal function.
There are suspicions that a lack of fibre in the diet can cause diverticula.
DETECTION AND MONITORING:
The disease is investigated using X-ray investigations or endoscopy of the colon. Asymptomatic disease does not require follow-up.
THE DIVERTICULA ARE INFLAMED
Symptoms of inflamed diverticula are a sharp pain in the lower-left part of the abdomen. This always requires a consultation with a doctor and a course of antibiotics.