Clinical features and differential diagnosis of diverticular disease

Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2002 Aug;16(4):577-93. doi: 10.1053/bega.2002.0299.


Colonic diverticulosis occurs in the majority of Western populations with age, but only a small proportion of people experience symptoms. Diverticular disease usually presents with either haemorrhage or diverticulitis. A quarter of patients with diverticulitis will develop complications including perforation, fistulation, obstruction or stricture. This chapter deals with the natural history, risk factors, clinical features and differential diagnoses of symptomatic diverticular disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diverticulum, Colon / complications
  • Diverticulum, Colon / diagnosis*
  • Diverticulum, Colon / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors