Diverticular Disease: Epidemiology and Pharmacological Treatment

Lawrence J Cheskin, Robert D. Lamport

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Diverticular disease is worldwide in distribution, but the incidence is highest in industrialised countries. It is associated with aging and low intake of dietary fibre. There is a broad range of clinical manifestations — from asymptomatic diverticula to life-threatening complications. Elderly patients often present with complicated diverticular disease, and may lack typical symptoms and signs. Treatment includes fibre supplementation, drugs or antibiotics for complications, and surgery for refractory disease. Proper diagnosis and treatment requires knowledge of the full range of presentations and careful selection and timing of medical versus surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-63
Number of pages9
JournalDrugs & Aging
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology


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