Diverticular disease is a common gastrointestinal disorder, affecting up to two thirds of people over the age of 70. While mainly asymptomatic, diverticular disease can present with chronic abdominal pain or as an acute severe illness. Acute diverticulitis usually presents with lower left-sided abdominal pain, accompanied by fever and change in bowel movements. Guidelines for the assessment and management of diverticulitis have recently changed, in particular the role of antibiotics. Diverticular disease in all its manifestations is a common presentation to general practice and registrars need to be competent in managing patients with this condition.Diverticular disease (1616 downloads)
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