What causes diverticular disease?

The pouches/sacs called diverticula that form in people with diverticulosis usually develop in weak places on the walls of the colon (large intestine). It is theorized that this is caused by high pressure in the colon. The diverticula pouches stick out of the colon wall when the weak spots cave in under the pressure. Constipation and hard stool may add to high pressure in the colon that causes diverticulosis. It is also thought that a low fiber, high red meat diet as well as genetics may contribute to developing diverticulosis.  
 
It is not well known what causes diverticulitis to occur in people with diverticulosis. The condition typically occurs when diverticula tear and inflammation and/or infection of the pouches occur. 
 
 
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Sources:
  • "Diverticulitis." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 07 Aug. 2014. Web. 21 Sep. 2017.
  • “Diverticular Disease.” American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. ASCRS, n.d. Web. 21 Sep. 2017. 
  • “Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis.” American College of Gastroenterology, Sep. 2008. Web. 21 Sep. 2017. 

 

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