Diverticular disease generally refers to phenomenon involving acquired diverticula along the lower gastrointestinal tract. It covers a range of pathologies and may account for a variety of presentations. Diverticulosis is largely asymptomatic however 4% of individuals with diverticula develop diverticulitis throughout their lifetime 5.
Outpouchings of bowel result in blind-ended diverticula in communication with the lumen of the bowel. They most commonly occur within the sigmoid colon, although they may be present throughout the bowel (although very rarely the rectum 4):
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