Diverticular disease is a condition that is related to the digestive tract and affects the large intestine of the body. Diverticular disease occurs due to the bulging of the pockets that develop in the intestinal lining. Dicerticular disease and diverticulitis are related to digestive conditions. This is a common condition that occurs due the ageing of the muscles that make up the wall of the colon or large intestine of the body.
Most of the people do not develop any pain or symptoms for diverticular disease. However, a few of them experience a few signs and symptoms. The condition in which people suffering with diverticular disease, do not experience any signs and symptoms are called as diverticulosis.
Diverticular disease consists of three conditions which include the inflammation of pockets or small sacs that are developed in the lining of the colon. This condition is known as diverticulitis. Diverticula is the development of bulges or pockets in the lining of the large intestine. Diverticulosis is the condition in which the small sacs and bulges are developed but the person suffering with this condition does not experience any signs and symptoms.
Most of the people suffering from diverticulosis have very few or no symptoms. A few common signs and symptoms of divertcular disease are:
The exact cause of the condition is not known. However, eating food which is low in fiber may be the cause for the development of diverticulitis. Having food which is less in fiber creates constipation in the person. During constipation, more pressure is required to move the stool which may lead to increased pressure in the colon. This may lead to the formation of pores in the inner lining of the colon. The weak spots in the colon wall are pressurized causing the diverticula to tear. This results in the inflammation in the affected area.
There are several factors that may increase the risk of developing diverticular disease.
More than 25 percent of the people suffering from diverticluar disease may develop the following complications.
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The treatment for diverticulitis depends on the severity of the condition. The following are the treatments given for diverticluar disease.
For people with mild symptoms of this condition, antibiotics, liquid diet for a few days and solid food rich in fiber may be given. Over-the-counter drugs are also prescribed by the doctor to treat the condition.
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