Diverticulitis: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Medically Reviewed on 5/19/2017

Symptoms of diverticulitis are related to inflammation and include

The abdominal pain is most common in the left lower quadrant of the abdomen. Other symptoms can include

Causes of diverticulitis

Diverticula are small bulging sacs that protrude from the wall of the large intestine; when one of these diverticula ruptures, inflammation and infection occur in the affected area, resulting in the condition known as diverticulitis. It is unclear exactly what causes diverticula to form, but a low-fiber diet may play a role.


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