How likely are patients with diverticulosis to develop diverticulitis?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: Elie M Ghoulam, MD, MS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Of the patients who have diverticulosis, 80%-85% remain asymptomatic. Approximately 5% develop diverticulitis; 15%-25% of those with diverticulitis develop complications that lead to surgical intervention. These complications include abscess formation, intestinal rupture, peritonitis, and fistula formation.


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