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Changing theories on the pathogenesis and risk factors for diverticulitis

Liner, Kristina, MHS, PA-C; Sandor, Peter, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA, FCCM

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: October 2018 - Volume 31 - Issue 10 - p 36–41
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000545069.63602.26
Review Article

ABSTRACT Diverticulitis was thought to be a simple complication of an even simpler disease (diverticulosis), but may in fact result from an entirely new set of complex pathologies. Considering diverticulitis is increasing in annual incidence and becoming more prevalent in younger populations, the implications of appropriate management become more vital than ever. This article reviews old and new understandings of diverticulitis and current recommendations for prevention and clinical management.

Kristina Liner practices orthopedic surgery at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego, Calif., and teaches at Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles, Calif. Peter Sandor is a senior PA in surgical critical care at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., and an adjunct assistant clinical professor and clinical coordinator in the PA program at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2018 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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