Medical Dictionary: Diverticulitis

Medical dictionaries: Medical dictionary, Medical malpractice dictionary, Medical Acronymns/Abbreviations
Diverticulitis: Another name for Diverticular Disease.
Diverticulitis (condition): Protrusions of the colon wall (diverticulosis) or their inflammation (diverticulitis)
Diverticulitis (condition): Diverticular disease includes both "diverticulosis" which is just protrusion of the colon wall, and "diverticulitis" which is actual inflammation or infection of these protrusions.

Diverticulitis: Many people have small pouches in their colons that bulge outward through weak spots, like an inner tube that pokes through weak places in a tire. Each pouch is called a diverticulum. Pouches (plural) are called diverticula. The condition of having diverticula is called diverticulosis. 1

More information on medical condition: Diverticular Disease:

1. excerpt from Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis: NIDDK

Medical Tools & Articles:

Next articles:

Medical Articles:
CureResearch.comTM Copyright © 2010 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved.
Home | Contents | Search | Site Map | Feedback | Contact Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | About Us | Advertise