Diverticular disease of the colon

Neil H. Stollman, Jeffrey B. Raskin

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Abstract

Diverticular disease of the colon is quite common in developed countries, and its prevalence increases with age. Although present in perhaps two thirds of the elderly population, the large majority of patients will remain entirely asymptomatic. Nonetheless, an estimated 20% of those affected may manifest clinical illness, mainly diverticulitis, with its potential complications of abscesses, fistulas, and obstruction, as well as lower intestinal hemorrhage. The purpose of this report is to review our understanding of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and treatment options for this disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-252
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of clinical gastroenterology
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1999

Keywords

  • Colon Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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