Diverticula are small, balloon-like protrusions that can develop in the colon. When these pouches become inflamed, it is known as diverticulitis. Doctors are unsure of what causes the formation of the diverticula, but once formed they are permanent.
There can be complications that arise from diverticular disease and an increase in symptoms should not be ignored. If you experience abdominal pain, nausea, bleeding, and fever - seek medical treatment right away.
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