diverticular disease

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A condition in which there are diverticula (see diverticulum) in the colon associated with symptoms. A minority of patients may develop diverticulitis or its complications: abscess, haemorrhage, fistulae, stricture, and intestinal obstruction. Symptoms in uncomplicated disease may include lower abdominal pain and altered stool frequency or consistency. The pain is often due to spasm of the muscle of the intestine, but many other factors are usually involved. The cause of the disease is unknown but may be linked to diets lacking roughage or fibre in childhood.

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