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
- Blood in their faeces
- Nausea, and
- Loss of appetite.
For more information and support with diverticulosis and diverticulosis, contact either your doctor or the Gastroenterological Society of Australia at the address below: