Curbside Consultation of the Colon: 49 Clinical Questions

Brooks D. Cash, MD, FACP, CDR, MC, USN

Question 42: The Admitting Housestaff Can’T Figure Out Where To Admit Patients With Diverticulitis. What Can I Tell Them About This Condition? (continued)

Inku Hwang, MD

Diverticulitis is the term used to describe inflammation/infection associated with diverticulosis. Diverticulosis, the presence of benign outpouchings of the gastrointestinal (most commonly colonic) lumen, is a common condition with a prevalence that increases with age, reaching approximately 65% by 85 years. Although most people with diverticulosis remain asymptomatic, complications such as diverticulitis or diverticular bleeding can occur in up to 25% of patients during their lifetime.1,2 Diverticulitis is thought to develop through the erosion or obstruction of a diverticular orifice by a…