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Diverticulosis

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Diverticulosis is when pouches or pockets called diverticula form in the walls of the intestine. 
Diverticula form where there are weak sections in the wall of the intestine. Pressure causes these weak areas to stick out through the wall of the intestine. 
Low fiber diets, constipation and genetics are believed to be some of the main causes of diverticulosis. 
These diverticula can tear which causes inflammation or infection called diverticulitis.  
Diverticulosis can be diagnosed during a colonoscopy procedure or on imaging studies such as a CAT scan. 
There is no medical treatment for diverticulosis. Your doctor may recommend a high fiber diet or probiotics to help decrease the risk of diverticulitis.