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Diverticular disease: Clinical
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Diverticula are small outpouchings that form along the walls of a hollow structure.
The second is a false or pseudodiverticula which is where only the mucosa and submucosa slide through the intestinal wall, and these end up being more common.
Risk factors for diverticula, including eating a high-fat, red meat diet that’s low in fiber.
Sometimes it’s asymptomatic, and diverticulosis is diagnosed incidentally during an abdominal scan or a colonoscopy that was needed for another reason.
Typically diverticular disease causes some abdominal pain and a CT-scan usually shows some bowel thickening. But at this stage, treatment is mainly encouraging a high-fiber diet with grains and vegetables.
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