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Diverticulitis is infection or inflammation of small pouches (diverticula) in the colon that form due to a condition called diverticulosis. Diverticula can trap stool (feces) and bacteria, causing infection and inflammation.
Diverticulitis may cause severe stomach pain and diarrhea. It may lead to tissue damage in the colon that causes bleeding or blockage. The diverticula may also burst (rupture) and cause infected stool to enter other areas of the abdomen.
This condition is caused by stool becoming trapped in the diverticula, which allows bacteria to grow in the diverticula. This leads to inflammation and infection.
When your condition is under control, your health care provider may recommend that you have a colonoscopy. This is an exam to look at the entire large intestine. During the exam, a lubricated, bendable tube is inserted into the anus and then passed into the rectum, colon, and other parts of the large intestine. A colonoscopy can show how severe your diverticula are and whether something else may be causing your symptoms.
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This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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