Symptoms of Diverticular Disease


General information about symptoms of Diverticular Disease: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Diverticular Disease. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Diverticular Disease. Furthermore, symptoms of Diverticular Disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Diverticular Disease.

List of symptoms of Diverticular Disease: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Diverticular Disease includes:

Symptoms of Diverticular Disease: Most people with diverticulosis do not have any discomfort or symptoms. However, symptoms may include mild cramps, bloating, and constipation. Other diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach ulcers cause similar problems, so these symptoms do not always mean a person has diverticulosis. You should visit your doctor if you have these troubling symptoms. 1

The most common symptom of diverticulitis is abdominal pain. The most common sign is tenderness around the left side of the lower abdomen. If infection is the cause, fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping, and constipation may occur as well. The severity of symptoms depends on the extent of the infection and complications. 1

Most people do not have symptoms and would not know that they had diverticula unless x-ray or intestinal examination were done.2

More symptoms of Diverticular Disease: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Diverticular Disease, underlying causes of Diverticular Disease, associated conditions for Diverticular Disease, risk factors for Diverticular Disease, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:

1. excerpt from Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Facts and Fallacies About Digestive Diseases: NIDDK

Last revision: May 27, 2003

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