Di­ver­ti­c­uli­tis � the FACTS

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WHAT? Diver­tic­ula are small bulges, or pock­ets, that can de­velop in the lin­ing of the in­tes­tine as you get older. It oc­curs when these be­come in­flamed or in­fected, caus­ing se­vere ab­dom­i­nal pain and con­sti­pa­tion or di­ar­rhoea, or both.

SYMP­TOMS: Con­stant se­vere tummy pain, a temperature of 38°C or above, nau­sea and/or vom­it­ing, and rec­tal bleed­ing.

TREAT­MENT: Med­i­ca­tion in­cludes bulk-form­ing lax­a­tives and an­tibi­otics. Surgery may be re­quired to re­move the af­fected sec­tion of the large in­tes­tine – this is known as a colec­tomy.

INFO: Visit nhs.uk/con­di­tions/di­ver­tic­u­lardis­ease-and­di­ver­ti­c­uli­tis

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