Diverticula are small sacs that sometimes form in the wall of the intestine.
When these sacs become infected and inflamed, a condition known as
What is going on in the body?
The term diverticulosis means the presence of many diverticula
in the bowel. A person's diet is thought to play a role in the formation of
diverticula. Diverticula do not usually cause symptoms. But if diverticula
become inflamed, symptoms usually do occur.
What are the causes and risks of the disease?
Diverticulitis can only occur in people who have diverticulosis.
Both conditions are more common in people older than 50.
Diverticulosis is more common in people who have a low
intake of fiber
in their diets. Diverticula usually occur in the left side of the large bowel or
colon. This may be due to higher pressure in this part of the bowel.
Once a diverticulum has formed, it may become infected. This
infection causes the inflammation and symptoms of diverticulitis.