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Diverticula are small pouches that bulge outward through the colon, or large intestine. If you have these pouches, you have a condition called diverticulosis. It becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over age 60 have it. Doctors believe the main cause is a low-fiber diet.

Most people with diverticulosis don't have symptoms. Sometimes it causes mild cramps, bloating or constipation. Diverticulosis is often found through tests ordered for something else. For example, it is often found during a colonoscopy to screen for cancer. A high-fiber diet and mild pain reliever will often relieve symptoms.

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  1. Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... inflamed or infected, you have a condition called diverticulitis. The most common symptom is abdominal pain, usually ... vomiting, chills, cramping, and constipation. In serious cases, diverticulitis can lead to bleeding, tears, or blockages. Your ...
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  4. Diverticula, Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis: What's the Difference? (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)  
    ... Merchandise Take Action Contact Us Donate Diverticula, Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis: What's the Difference? Diverticula occur throughout the gut, ... bleed or perforate thus becoming complicated diverticular disease. Diverticulitis – For unknown reasons, a diverticulum, usually in the ...
  5. Diverticulitis is small, bulging sacs or pouches of the inner lining of the intestine (diverticulosis) that become ... more than half of Americans over age 60. Diverticulitis is caused by small pieces of stool (feces) ...
  6. Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis (American College of Gastroenterology)  
    ... your doctor if you have special concerns. Can diverticulitis be prevented? Persons with diverticulosis are sometimes instructed ... might get "caught" in a diverticulum and precipitate diverticulitis. Proof of effectiveness for such a diet is ...
  7. Diverticulitis is inflammation of small pouches (diverticula) that can form in the walls of your large intestine. ... want to ask your doctor or nurse about diverticulitis.
  8. ClinicalTrials.gov: Diverticulitis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  9. ClinicalTrials.gov: Diverticulitis, Colonic From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  10. Diverticulitis (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
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