Department of Health

Diverticulosis and diverticulitis

Diverticulosis is a term to describe the formation of pockets (diverticuli) in the wall of the large intestine. The formation of these pockets is due to an increase in pressure brought upon by a person straining whilst moving their bowel. The result of the diverticuli can lead to a build up of mucus which leads to infection, known as diverticulitis.

If infection (diverticulitis) occurs, people can experience the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Blood in their faeces
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoaea
  • Nausea, and
  • Loss of appetite.

Further information

For more information and support with diverticulosis and diverticulosis, contact either your doctor or the Gastroenterological Society of Australia at the address below:

PO Box 508
Mulgrave VIC 3170
Phone: 03 9802 8533