Diverticular Disease

  • Alan G. Thorson
  • Jennifer S. Beaty


The term “diverticular disease” of the colon represents a continuum of anatomic and pathophysiologic changes within the colon related to the presence of diverticula. These changes most commonly occur in the sigmoid colon but may involve the entire colon. The continuum can range from the presence of a single diverticulum (a sac or pouch in the wall of an organ) to many diverticula (which may be too numerous to count). It can refer to an asymptomatic state (diverticulosis) or to any one of a number of combinations of inflammatory symptoms, changes, and complications (diverticulitis).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan G. Thorson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jennifer S. Beaty
    • 3
  1. 1.Colon and Rectal SurgeryCreighton University School of MedicineOmahaUSA
  2. 2.University of Nebraska College of MedicineOmahaUSA
  3. 3.Division of Colon and Rectal SurgeryCreighton University School of MedicineOmahaUSA

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