Diverticular Disease

Many people have small pouches in their colon (large intestine), which bulge outward through weak spots, like an inner tube that pokes through weak places in a rubber tire. Each pouch is called a diverticulum. Pouches (plural) are called diverticula. The condition of having diverticula is called diverticulosis. About 10 percent of Americans over the age of 40 have diverticulosis. The condition becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over the age of 60 have diverticulosis.

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tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Abdominal X-Ray

Colonoscopy
Fecal Occult Blood Test
Medical History and Physical Exam for Diverticular Disease
MRI of the Abdomen
Sigmoidoscopy

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z .

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additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American College of Gastroenterology
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
MEDLINEplus—Dietary Fiber
MEDLINEplus—Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

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