This four-page illustrated handout educates people about diverticulitis, which is a condition where small pouches or sacs in the muscle wall of the large intestine (also called the colon) become inflamed or infected. It explains how this infection occurs, and describes its signs and symptoms. The document clarifies that a doctor will use tests such as a CT scan or blood tests to plan care for diverticulitis, and discusses things people can do to care for themselves. It identifies those symptoms for which a doctor should be called immediately.
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