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Symptom Severity and Disease Activity Indices for Diverticulitis

Floch, Martin H. MD, MACG, AGAF

doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e318188b1bc
NATIONAL DIVERTICULITIS STUDY GROUP POSITION PAPERS ON COLONIC DIVERTICULOSIS AND DIVERTICULITIS: NDSG Position Papers
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There are no controlled studies evaluating symptoms of diverticular disease or diverticulitis. Monitoring symptoms are reported repeatedly in research studies but yet an evaluation of the significance of recording these symptoms in a controlled study does not exist. The older literature was reviewed. The literature largely classifies the disease in stages, which are reviewed in this paper. Symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease and its evolution and the present literature on this are discussed.

Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Digestive Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Financial Disclosure: None.

Conflict of Interest: None.

Reprints: Martin H. Floch, MD, MACG, AGAF, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Section of Digestive Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine, 40 Temple Street, Suite 1A, New Haven, CT 06520 (e-mail: martin.floch@yale.edu).

Received for publication July 7, 2008; accepted July 31, 2008

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.