It is hard to determine the exact
incidence of diverticulosis (the formation of pouches in the wall of the large
intestine), because most people who have colon pouches do not have symptoms.
In general, diverticulosis becomes more likely with age.
About 20 out of 100 people who
have been diagnosed with diverticulosis develop diverticulitis. This occurs
when the pouches along the large intestine become inflamed or infected. Men and
women are affected almost equally.1
Davis BR, Matthews JB (2006). Diverticular disease of the colon. In M Wolfe et al., eds., Therapy of Digestive Disorders, 2nd ed., pp. 855–859. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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