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Global Journal of Surgery. 2020, 8(1), 11-16
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Review: Current Attitudes in Surgical Treatment of Acute Diverticulitis

Francesco Roscio1, , Giuliano Salatino1 and Ildo Scandroglio1

1Division of General Surgery, ASST Valle Olona, Busto Arsizio - IT

Pub. Date: June 27, 2020

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Francesco Roscio, Giuliano Salatino and Ildo Scandroglio. Review: Current Attitudes in Surgical Treatment of Acute Diverticulitis. Global Journal of Surgery. 2020; 8(1):11-16. doi: 10.12691/js-8-1-3


Diverticular disease is a growing problem in Western countries, with proportional impact on society and health spending. Its characteristic of being age-related together with the growing aging of the population will make diverticular disease as a problem increasing in the coming years. Natural history of the disease predicts that about 80 - 85% of patients with colonic diverticulosis will remain asymptomatic, while about 10 - 15% of population with colonic diverticulosis will develop symptoms, up to about 5% who will suffer from acute diverticulitis with its complications. In spite of a large scientific production, some aspects concerning diverticulitis still lack of high evidence and different topics about the role of surgery in both uncomplicated and complicated diverticulitis have long been under debate. Starting from history, through the natural evolution of the disease, we have reviewed the current trends regarding a surgical interest in acute diverticulitis.

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