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Intestinal diverticular disease is a condition in which small, bulging pouches (diverticula) form in the lining of the large intestine (colon). These pouches can become inflamed or infected, leading to symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits. Diverticular disease is classified as either diverticulosis or diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula in the colon without any inflammation or infection. Diverticulitis is the inflammation or infection of the diverticula. Diverticular disease NOS (not otherwise specified) is a diagnosis used when the patient has symptoms of diverticular disease, but the exact type of diverticular disease cannot be determined. Treatment for diverticular disease NOS may include antibiotics, dietary changes, and lifestyle modifications.
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