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What are complications of diverticulitis?

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If left untreated, diverticulitis can lead to serious complications that require surgery, including:

  • Abscesses may form around the infected diverticula.
  • Scarring may occur, leading to a stricture or blockage of the intestine.
  • Fistulas may develop if an infected pocket reaches an adjoining organ and forms a connection between them.
  • Severe bleeding may occur requiring a blood transfusion.

From: Diverticulitis WebMD Medical Reference

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National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 24, 2017

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 24, 2017

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