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What causes diverticulitis?

Doctors aren't sure what causes diverticula in the colon(diverticulosis). But they think that a low-fiber diet may play a role. Without fiber to add bulk to the stool, the colon has to work harder than normal to push the stool forward. The pressure from this may cause pouches to form in weak spots along the colon.

Doctors aren't sure what causes diverticulitis. Bacteria grow in the pouches, and this can lead to inflammation or infection. 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of diverticulitis may last from a few hours to a week or more. Symptoms include:

Belly pain, usually in the lower left side, that is sometimes worse when you move. This is the most common symptom.
Fever and chills. 
Bloating and gas. 
Diarrhea or constipation. 
Nausea and sometimes vomiting. 
Not feeling like eating.

Diverticulosishappens when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon  . If these pouches get inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can be very painful.

What Is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis-Topic Overview

Diverticulosis happens when pouches ( diverticula ) form in the wall of the colon . If these pouches get inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can be very painful. Doctors aren't sure what causes diverticula in the colon (diverticulosis). But they think that a low-fiber diet may play a role.

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