New standards needed for diverticulitis

Improved treatment of diverticulitis has reduced the need for elective surgery, according to a US review that calls for new surgical standards for the disease.

The systematic review of 68 studies found complicated recurrence of diverticulitis was rare after two acute episodes, occurring in under 5% of cases, even though current guidelines advise resection after two uncomplicated episodes.

It also found early onset of the disease (under 50) coupled with two or more uncomplicated recurrences did not increase the