Basic Summary for Diverticular Disease


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Main name of condition: Diverticular Disease
Other names or spellings: Diverticulosis, diverticulitis, Diverticulum


What is Diverticular Disease?
  Brief description of Diverticular Disease: Protrusions of the colon wall (diverticulosis) or their inflammation (diverticulitis)
  Organs Affected by Diverticular Disease: colon
How many people get Diverticular Disease?
  Prevalance of Diverticular Disease: 2 million people in the USA 1983-87 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Prevalance Rate of Diverticular Disease: approx 1 in 136 or 0.74% or 2 million people in USA [about data]
  Incidence (annual) of Diverticular Disease: 300,000 new cases in the USA 1987 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Incidence Rate of Diverticular Disease: approx 1 in 906 or 0.11% or 300,000 people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Diverticular Disease: About half of all Americans age 60 to 80, and almost everyone over age 80, have diverticulosis. 1 ... Prevalence: 2 million people (1983-87)2
  Incidence of Diverticular Disease: Incidence: 300,000 new cases (1987)2
Who gets Diverticular Disease?
  Patient Profile for Diverticular Disease: The majority of elderly people have diverticulosis
How serious is Diverticular Disease?
  Deaths for Diverticular Disease: 3,000 deaths (NIDDK, 1985)
  Complications of Diverticular Disease: see complications of Diverticular Disease
What causes Diverticular Disease?
  Causes of Diverticular Disease: Though not proven, the dominant theory is that a low-fiber diet is the main cause of diverticular disease. 1
  Causes of Diverticular Disease: see causes of Diverticular Disease
  Risk factors for Diverticular Disease: see risk factors for Diverticular Disease
What are the symptoms of Diverticular Disease?
  Symptoms of Diverticular Disease: see symptoms of Diverticular Disease
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Diverticular Disease: see treatments for Diverticular Disease
Society issues for Diverticular Disease
  Hospitalizations for Diverticular Disease: 440,000 in the USA 1987 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Hospitalization statistics for Diverticular Disease: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Diverticular Disease:
  • 0.47% (59,435) of hospital consultant episodes were for diverticular disease of intestine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for diverticular disease of intestine required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 39% of hospital consultant episodes for diverticular disease of intestine were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 61% of hospital consultant episodes for diverticular disease of intestine were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 28% of hospital consultant episodes for diverticular disease of intestine required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10.4 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for diverticular disease of intestine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for diverticular disease of intestine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 69 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for diverticular disease of intestine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 21% of hospital consultant episodes for diverticular disease of intestine occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 41% of hospital consultant episodes for diverticular disease of intestine occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 53% of hospital consultant episodes for diverticular disease of intestine were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.41% (212,651) of hospital bed days were for diverticular disease of intestine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia for public hospitals:
    • 0.011% (2) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in males aged 1 to 4 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.016% (3) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in males aged 5 to 14 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.13% (24) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in males aged 15 to 24 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 1.41% (261) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in males aged 25 to 34 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 6.64% (1,231) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in males aged 35 to 44 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 17.23% (3,194) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in males aged 45 to 54 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 23.9% (4,430) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in males aged 55 to 64 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 26.9% (4,991) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in males aged 65 to 74 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 20% (3,735) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in males aged 75 to 84 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 3,57% (662) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in males aged over 85 in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia for public hospitals:
    • 0.008% (2) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in females aged 5 to 14 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.06% (15) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in females aged 15 to 24 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.51% (126) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in females aged 25 to 34 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 3.6% (878) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in females aged 35 to 44 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 14.55% (3,564) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in females aged 45 to 54 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 23.55% (5,767) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in females aged 55 to 64 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 27.8% (6,811) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in females aged 65 to 74 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 23.4% (5,730) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in females aged 75 to 84 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 6.53% (1,599) of hospital episodes for diverticular disease of intestine in public hospitals occurred in females aged over 85 in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)

  Hospitalizations for Diverticular Disease: Hospitalizations: 440,000 (1987)2
  Physician office visits for Diverticular Disease: 2 million people in the USA 1983-87 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Physician office visits for Diverticular Disease: Physician office visits: 2 million (1987)2
  Disability from Diverticular Disease: 112,000 people in the USA 1983-87 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Disability from Diverticular Disease: Disability: 112,000 people (1983-87) 2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Digestive Diseases Statistics: NIDDK

Last revision: May 27, 2003

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