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...
  • Print

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.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!