Diverticular disease was uncommon before the 20th century but is now one of the commonest health disorders in the Western world. Diverticular diseases are a group of health conditions that affect your gastrointestinal (digestive) tract.
The most complicated form of diverticular disease is diverticulitis. Its symptoms are usually very uncomfortable, and in some cases, may result in serious complications. If it is left untreated, it can cause prolonged health problems.
The symptoms of diverticulitis vary, ranging from mild to severe. The symptoms may be acute (appearing suddenly), or chronic (developing gradually over time).
The most common symptom of diverticulitis is abdominal pain. North Americans and Europeans experience the abdominal pain on the left lower side (sigmoid colon), while in Asia it is usually on the right (ascending colon).
But what causes diverticulitis really?
Well, the disease diverticulitis develops when pouches form on your digestive tract, mostly in the colon (the large intestine). These pouches are known as diverticula. They form when weak spots balloon outward in your intestinal wall.
It is important to note that inflammation and, in some cases, infection of the diverticula can cause diverticulitis. This can occur when partially digested food or feces blocks the diverticula opening.
There is no single known cause of diverticular disease. Research and clinical experience has shown that multiple environmental and genetic factors may contribute to its development.
Treatment prescribed for this condition depends on the severity of your condition.
This book is a comprehensive guide on diverticulitis. It gives a detailed explanation of all you need to know about this condition including:
- The anatomy & physiology of the gastrointestinal tract
- A detailed literature on diverticulitis
- Complications associated with the disease
- Diagnostic procedure
- Diet guide
You’ll be glad you got this guide!
To your good health!!!