Is there an age and/or gender predilection for diverticulitis?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: Elie M Ghoulam, MD, MS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The incidence of diverticular disease increases with age (>65% in those >85 years). Most patients with diverticulitis are older than 50 years; the mean age at presentation appears to be about 60 years. However, diverticulitis is increasingly being seen in younger persons.

Although a male preponderance was noted in early series, subsequent studies have suggested either an equal sex distribution or a female preponderance. [2]

In those younger than 50 years, diverticulitis is more common in men; a slight female preponderance exists between the ages of 50 and 70 years, and there is a marked female preponderance in those older than 70 years. [21]


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