Diverticular disease emerged as a common problem in Western countries during the 20th century.
In this study, researchers determined trends in diverticular disease for hospital admissions in England between 1989/1990 and 1999/2000. They also evaluated population mortality rates from 1979 to 1999.
The team obtained Hospital Episode Statistics from the Department of Health, and mortality data from the Office for National Statistics.
The research team's findings are published in the latest issue of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
|Admission rates for diverticular disease increased by 16% for males and 12% for females during the study period.|
|Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics|
The researchers found that, between 1989/1990 and 1999/2000, annual age-standardized hospital admission rates for diverticular disease increased by 16% for males and 12% for females.
They determined that rates for females were significantly higher than for males throughout the study period.
In addition, the proportions of admissions with an operation increased by 16% for males and 14% for females.
The researchers found that older patients were less likely to undergo operation than younger patients.
Inpatient case fatality rates and population mortality rates remained unchanged.
Dr Kang's team concluded, "Admission rates for diverticular disease increased over the study period".
"The proportion of patients who underwent operation increased, but in-patient and population mortality rates remained unchanged".
"With an aging population, diverticular disease will become an increasingly important clinical problem in England".