Almerie MQ, Simpson J. Diagnosing and treating diverticular disease. Practitioner 2015; 259 (1785):29-33

Diagnosing and treating diverticular disease

24 Sep 2015Pais-up subscribers

It is important to distinguish between diverticulosis, the presence of asymptomatic diverticula, and diverticular disease which refers to symptomatic cases which can present with acute or chronic symptoms. Diverticular disease can be confirmed radiologically or endoscopically. Even in patients with established diverticulosis, a change in the clinical picture with development of red flag symptoms warrants urgent referral to rule out lower gastrointestinal malignancy.

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