About Diverticular disease
The colon is where most diverticula are found, usually in the left side. Diverticulitis is the term used when a patient has a perforated diverticulum, a hole that can be very tiny. This perforation may lead to an abscess or an infection in the abdominal cavity.
Another serious problem caused by a diverticulum is massive bleeding. Such bleeding is not associated with the infection of diverticulitis. Patients do not have a perforation and massive bleeding of a diverticulum at the same time.
A patient may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Diverticulitis may be treated by antibiotics and bowel rest, i.e. temporarily stopping solid foods. For patients with abscess or whose attacks do not respond to antibiotics or who have frequent, repeated attacks may need surgery.
Surgical procedures may include: