Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis
In the colons of most people, small pouches bulge outward through weak spots, like an inner tube pushing through weak places in a tire. Each pouch is called a diverticulum (pouches are diverticula). The condition of having diverticula is called diverticulosis. About half of all Americans age 60 to 80, and almost everyone over age 80, has diverticulosis.
When the pouches become infected or inflamed, the condition is called diverticulitis. This happens in 10 to 25 percent of people with diverticulosis. Diverticulosis and diverticulitis are together called diverticular disease.
For further information about diverticulitis and diverticulosis, please see the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.
If you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of diverticular disease and would like a second opinion to confirm this diagnosis or discuss treatment options, please see our second opinion section.