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diverticulosis

 [di″ver-tik″u-lo´sis]
the presence of diverticula in the absence of inflammation. (See diverticulitis.)

di·ver·tic·u·lo·sis

(dī'vĕr-tik'yū-lō'sis),
Presence of a number of diverticula of the intestine, common in middle age; the lesions are acquired pulsion diverticula.

diverticulosis

/di·ver·tic·u·lo·sis/ (-lo´sis) the presence of diverticula in the absence of inflammation.

diverticulosis

(dī′vûr-tĭk′yə-lō′sĭs)
n.
A condition characterized by the presence of numerous diverticula in the colon.

diverticulosis

[dī′vurtik′yoo͡lō′sis]
Etymology: L, diverticulare, to turn aside; Gk, osis, condition
the presence of pouchlike herniations through the muscular layer of the colon, particularly the sigmoid colon. Diverticulosis affects increasing numbers of people over 50 years of age and may be the result of the modern highly refined low-residue diet. Most patients with this condition have few symptoms except occasional bleeding from the rectum. Other reasons for bleeding, such as hemorrhoids, carcinoma, and inflammatory bowel disease, must be ruled out. Barium enemas and proctoscopic examination are used in establishing diagnosis. An increase in dietary fiber intake can aid in propelling the feces through the colon. Avoidance of foods with seeds and nuts decreases the risk of fecal material lodging in the diverticula. Hemorrhage from bleeding diverticula can become quite severe, and the patient may require surgery. Diverticulosis may lead to diverticulitis. See also diverticulitis.
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Diverticulosis

diverticulosis

The presence of multiple diverticula in the colon which, if inflamed/infected, is termed diverticulitis Clinical Sx, if present, include abdominal colic, constipation, diarrhea, bloating Diagnosis Colonoscopy, CT of abdomen Management High fiber diets may delay progression of diverticulosis or diverticulitis

di·ver·tic·u·lo·sis

(dī'vĕr-tik'ū-lō'sis)
Presence of a number of diverticula of the intestine; with increasing age, the condition is more generally found.

diverticulosis

(dī″vĕr-tĭk″ū-lō′sĭs) [″ + Gr. osis, condition]
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DIVERTICULOSIS, SEEN ENDOSCOPICALLY
Diverticula in the colon without inflammation or symptoms. Only a small percentage of persons with diverticulosis develop diverticulitis. See: illustration

diverticulosis

A condition in which many sac-like protrusions (diverticula) occur in the large intestine (colon).

Diverticulosis

A condition where pouchlike sections that bulge through the large intestine's muscular walls but are not inflamed occur. They may cause bleeding, stomach distress, and excess gas.

diverticulosis,

n colon disorder in which small, saclike herniations appear mainly in the sigmoid colon. Occurs in people over the age 50 and is linked to low-fiber diets; can lead to diverticulitis.
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Diverticulosis.

diverticulosis

the presence of diverticula in the absence of inflammation. See diverticulitis.

Patient discussion about diverticulosis

Q. What corn based products can I eat. I have diverticular disease. I love corn tortillas, corn bread, corn dogs.

A. The dietary recommendations for people with diverticular disease of the colon are usually to add fibers-rich foods (fruits, vegetables etc.). As far as I know corn isn't especially rich in dietary fibers, so I don't know about any recommended corn-based foods, although I don't know about any recommendations to refrain from eating corn-based foods.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, you may consult your doctor. You may also read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/dietaryfiber.html

Q. How to prevent diverticulitis? I am a 43 year old man. I just had colonoscopy and my Doctor said I have diverticulosis and am at risk in developing diverticulitis. How can I prevent developing diverticulitis?

A. You have Diverticulosis, which means you have diverticulas (small pouches) on your digestive system. These diverticula are permanent and will not go away. No treatment has been found to prevent complications of diverticular disease. Diet high in fiber increases stool bulk and prevents constipation, and theoretically may help prevent further diverticular formation or worsening of the diverticular condition. Some doctors recommend avoiding nuts, corn, and seeds which can plug diverticular openings and cause diverticulitis. Whether avoidance of such foods is beneficial is unclear. If you develop unexplained fever, chills or abdominal pain, you should notify your doctor immediately since it could be a complication of diverticulitis.

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