What is Diverticular Disease

What is Diverticular Disease ? Diverticular disease is a condition resulting  from the formation of balloon-like pouches called diverticula bulging out through the wall of the digestive tract, and, from these diverticula getting inflamed.

Large intestine is the most common location of diverticula. However, they occasionally occur in the small intestine as well as in the stomach. For example, a very common congenital condition called Meckel’s diverticulum is a diverticular disease affecting the small intestine. It is a small bulge present in the small intestine at birth in about 3% of the general population.

Diverticula usually start developing in people who are middle aged. A number of diverticula may develop at different locations along the intestine and their presence is termed as diverticulosis. Inflammation of these diverticula is the disease condition called diverticulitis.

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Yasser Elnahas

MD, PHD, Professor Of CardioVascular Surgery
Dr. Yasser Elnahas, Is an associate Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Elnahas was trained as a fellow At Texas Heart Institute And Mayo Clinic Foundation.Dr. Elnahas is dedicated to educating the general public about different disease conditions and simplifying the medical knowledge in an easy to understand terminology.

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