Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis (cont.)
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What are the signs and symptoms of diverticulitis?
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Most people with diverticulosis have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they are usually mild and include:
These symptoms are nonspecific. This means that similar symptoms are seen in many different digestive disorders. They do not necessarily mean that a person has diverticulosis. If an individual has these symptoms, he or she should see a health-care professional.
Diverticulitis is a more serious condition and causes symptoms in most people with the condition that include:
If diverticulitis is not treated promptly it can develop some very serious complications. A complication is suggested by any of these symptoms:
When to seek medical care for diverticulitis
A person should see a health-care professional if he or she has any of the following symptoms, which may indicate a serious condition:
Any time a person has bleeding from the rectum, he or she should see a health-care professional as soon as possible.
The following symptoms suggest a complication and warrant an immediate visit to an emergency department:
A person should not attempt to drive themselves to receive medical help, they should have someone else drive them, or call 911 for emergency medical transport.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/19/2016
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