Diverticulitis patients reveal long-term anguish

Diverticulitis can lead to psychological and physical symptoms long after the acute illness has passed, according to a study based on in-depth interviews with patients.

It adds to evidence that for some patients the disease goes beyond isolated attacks and can lead to a chronic condition that mimics irritable bowel syndrome.

The condition has long been thought to be acute with periods of relative silence in between attacks, but that's not true for everyone.

UCLA’s Dr Brennan Spiegel and his team report in the journal Quality of