Diverticular disease (diverticulosis and diverticulitis) is a general term that references the presence of diverticula, small pouches in the large intestinal (colonic) wall. These outpouchings arise when the inner layers of the colon push through weaknesses in the outer muscular layers. Diverticular disease can be asymptomatic (diverticulosis) or involve acute or chronic, symptomatic inflammation of these pouches (diverticulitis). Diverticulitis may be a more severe illness in those who are immunocompromised, have significant comorbid conditions, and who are taking anti-inflammatory medications.
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Cite this: B.S. Anand. Fast Five Quiz: Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis - Medscape - Jul 01, 2020.