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Diverticular disease and diverticulitis

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Introduction
Find everything you need to know about diverticular disease and diverticulitis including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
Symptoms of diverticular disease and diverticulitis
Symptoms of diverticular disease include abdominal pain, bloating and a change in normal bowel habits.
Causes of diverticular disease and diverticulitis
To better understand the causes of diverticular disease and diverticulitis, it is useful to understand how the large intestine works (also known as the colon).
Diagnosing diverticular disease and diverticulitis
In order to diagnosis diverticular disease it is necessary to examine the large intestine, which can be done in a number of ways.
Treating diverticular disease and diverticulitis
Treatment options for diverticular disease and diverticulitis include paracetamol and antibiotics.
Complications of diverticular disease and diverticulitis
Complications of diverticulitis affect one in five people with the condition. Those most at risk are younger people (under 50 years of age).
Preventing diverticular disease and diverticulitis
Eating a high-fibre diet may help to prevent diverticular disease, and it may improve your symptoms.
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