A guide to treating diverticular disease and diverticulitis


The word diverticulum originates from the Latin word ‘devertere’, which means to turn aside, ‘osis’ from the Greek word for condition, and ‘ítis’ from the Greek word for inflammation. Most define diverticulae as outpouchings of the walls of an organ. These outpouchings are a common finding in disease of the colon.

Colonic diverticular disease is the protrusion of colonic mucosa and submucosa through weak points in the circular muscle, where the ‘vasa recta’ (straight arteries