Who Is Affected by Diverticulitis

Who Is Affected by Diverticulitis

It is hard to determine the exact incidence of diverticulosis (the formation of pouches in the wall of the large intestine), because most people who have colon pouches do not have symptoms. In general, diverticulosis becomes more likely with age.

About 20 out of 100 people who have been diagnosed with diverticulosis develop diverticulitis. This occurs when the pouches along the large intestine become inflamed or infected. Men and women are affected almost equally. 1

Citations

  1. Davis BR, Matthews JB (2006). Diverticular disease of the colon. In M Wolfe et al., eds., Therapy of Digestive Disorders, 2nd ed., pp. 855–859. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.
ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
Last RevisedJuly 19, 2012

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use . How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.