What Is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a common digestive disease characterized by pouch formation within bowel walls. Pouches may form within the large intestine, or colon, and can occur in the small intestine on occasion. Diverticulitis takes place when a pouch, or diverticulum, grows inflamed.

Common symptoms of the condition may include diarrhea, constipation, nausea, right side abdominal pain, and bleeding from the rectum, in some cases.

What Causes Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is caused by feces trapped in pouches, or diverticula, along the large intestinal wall. This will provide a breeding ground for bacteria to grow to cause infection or inflammation; inflammation will result in pressure that can tear or perforate the intestinal wall.

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