Diverticulitis � the FACTS
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