Most people have in their colons small pouches that bulge outward through weak spots, like an inner tube that pokes through weak places in a tire. Each pouch is called a diverticulum. Pouches are diverticula. The condition of having diverticula is called diverticulosis. About half of all Americans age 60 to 80, and almost everyone over age 80, have diverticulosis.
When the pouches become infected or inflamed, the condition is called diverticulitis.
This happens in 10 to 25 percent of people with diverticulosis. Diverticulosis and diverticulitis are also called diverticular disease. Overview | Causes | Symptoms | Complications | Diagnosis | Treatment | Surgery | Tips
Reproduced from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC).