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What should you do about your colon diverticula?

Those who have colonic diverticula and no symptoms can relax. Nothing is likely to happen because of them.

Some physicians recommend a high fiber diet, or bran or psyllium supplements, in the belief that lack of fiber causes the diverticula and that such treatment may prevent complications. The notion that nuts or seeds may lodge in the diverticula and provoke diverticulitis is probably untrue.

If there are coexisting chronic abdominal pains, it is likely to be associated with IBS or a similar disorder. This should be discussed with a physician. It is useful to know if diverticula are present. The information may help a doctor in the event of an attack of pain or bleeding that could result from these otherwise innocent little colonic outpouchings.

Adapted from IFFGD Publication #169 by W. Grant Thompson, MD, FRCPC, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


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