Which complications of diverticulitis require surgical intervention?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: Elie M Ghoulam, MD, MS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Emergency colectomy is performed when severe complications arise or when the patient's condition does not respond to medical treatment. Complications requiring surgical intervention include the following: purulent peritonitis, uncontrolled sepsis, fistula, and obstruction. In a retrospective study of over 3000 patients, about 20% of patients admitted for acute diverticulitis required emergency colectomy.


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