Diverticulosis rarely progresses to diverticulitis

What does this mean?  Diverticuli are outpouches in the bowel.  Diverticulosis is the condition of having diverticuli.  Diverticulitisis when these diverticuli get inflamed. 
Diverticulitis may present as right lower abdominal pain.  Diverticuli are more common as we age and with history of constipation.We used to think that 25% of diverticulosis patients would have an episode of inflammation of diverticuli.  (Diverticulitis episodes are dreaded—incapacitating pain can occur.)  We now know after a study of over 2,000 patients the rate is really 1%.
Furthermore. . . if you are 30 when diagnosed with diverticulosis the chance is greater that in your lifetime you may have an episode of diverticulitis compared to someone diagnosed with diverticulosis at age 60.
 
Hope this helps.
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