Diverticular disease of the colon is a common condition, and the prevalence increases with age, affecting up to 60% of persons older than 60 years.
Drs Sachin Shah and Adam Cifu examine the management of acute diverticulitis.
Approximately 4% of patients with diverticulosis will develop acute diverticulitis, defined as clinically evident macroscopic inflammation of a diverticulum or diverticula.
|85% of episodes of acute diverticulitis are uncomplicated|
|Journal of the American Medical Association|
The team reports that 85% of episodes of acute diverticulitis are uncomplicated, although 15% to 30% of patients who develop acute diverticulitis experience a recurrence.
Dr Shah's team comments, "Diverticulitis remains the leading indication for elective colon resection."