Diverticular Inflammatory Bowel Disease


This is an unusual condition. Please review the information on diverticulosis first, so you know what diverticuli are. Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic inflammation of the bowel lining. It may be called either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. A third type of inflammation can occur with severe diverticulosis. The lining can become very reddened and then bleed. In these cases, the inflammation remains localized in the area with diverticulosis and never extends further. Treatment is usually the same as for ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Here you see two images of the sigmoid colon. Image 1 a shows small black opening of a diverticuli on the left. Above it is the markedly reddened and inflamed fold. Image 2 shows scattered areas of inflammation.

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