Diverticulitis occurs when small, protruding pouches in the lining of the digestive system – known as diverticula – become irritated, inflamed or both. In most cases, diverticula form in the colon (lower part of the large intestine), but they can form elsewhere along the digestive tract as well.
Diverticula disease which includes the terms diverticulitis and diverticulosis is uncommon in humans under the age of 40. It is thought to be related to poor fiber intake.
What are the signs and symptoms of Diverticulitis?