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Diverticulitis is inflammation of an abnormal pouch
(diverticulum) in the intestinal wall, usually found in the large intestine (colon). The
presence of the pouches themselves is called diverticulosis.
Small protruding sacs of the inner lining of the intestine (diverticulosis) can develop
in any part of the intestine. They are most common in the colon. These sacs, called
diverticula, occur with increasing frequency after the age of 40. When they become
inflamed, the condition is known as diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis is an inflammatory condition where the area around the diverticula becomes
irritated and attracts immune cells. It affects 10% to 20% of those with diverticula at
some time. These areas can become infected. Risk factors are older age and history of
diverticula or prior episodes of diverticulitis. Eating a high-fiber diet and avoiding
seeds and nuts may prevent episodes.