Duodenal diverticulitis

Last revised by Derek Smith on 24 Aug 2021

Duodenal diverticulitis (plural diverticulitides) is a rare, inflammatory complication of duodenal diverticula

While the vast majority of patients are asymptomatic, patients with diverticulitis usually present with epigastric pain, nausea and vomiting. 

Conservative treatment is applied to patients who are clinically stable with no secondary peritonitis. Surgery is warranted only in complicated cases, with a high rate of complications as duodenal leak, fistula, and sepsis 2,3.

  • perforation of duodenal diverticulitis: rare and hard to diagnose by imaging in the setting of diverticulitis preoperatively 

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