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    Complications of Diverticulitis

    Complications of diverticulitis include:

    • A pocket of infection (abscess) that forms in the abdominal cavity. The inflammation or infection may spread to the membrane that covers the inside of the abdominal wall. This infection, called peritonitis, may spread to other parts of the body (sepsis).
    • Free perforation. In rare cases, a hole in a diverticulum may allow stool to enter the abdominal cavity, causing peritonitis.
    • An abnormal opening (fistula) that forms between the large intestine and organs near it. In diverticulitis, a fistula may form between two parts of the large intestine or between the large intestine and the bladder, vagina, or urethra.
    • Blockage in the colon (bowel obstruction).

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerJerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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