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Concept: Diverticulum


Although duodenal diverticula are common, periampullary duodenal diverticula are rare. Periampullary duodenal diverticula are usually asymptomatic and may be difficult to diagnose and treat. However, they may present with massive bleeding, requiring prompt diagnosis.

Concepts: Hemostasis, Bleeding, Greek loanwords, Diverticulum, Diagnosis, Meckel's diverticulum, Medical terms


Symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease (SUDD) is a syndrome characterized by recurrent abdominal symptoms in patients with colonic diverticula. There is some evidence that a high-fiber diet or supplemental fibers may reduce symptoms in SUDD patients and a high-fiber diet is commonly suggested for these patients. This systematic review aims to update the evidence on the efficacy of fiber treatment in SUDD, in terms of a reduction in symptoms and the prevention of acute diverticulitis. According to PRISMA, we identified studies on SUDD patients treated with fibers (PubMed and Scopus). The quality of these studies was evaluated by the Jadad scale. The main outcome measures were a reduction of abdominal symptoms and the prevention of acute diverticulitis. Nineteen studies were included, nine with dietary fiber and 10 with supplemental fiber, with a high heterogeneity concerning the quantity and quality of fibers employed. Single studies suggest that fibers, both dietary and supplemental, could be beneficial in SUDD, even if the quality is very low, with just one study yielding an optimal score. The presence of substantial methodological limitations, the heterogeneity of the therapeutic regimens employed, and the lack of ad hoc designed studies, did not permit a summary of the outcome measure. Thus, the benefit of dietary or supplemental fiber in SUDD patients still needs to be established.

Concepts: Randomized controlled trial, Diverticulosis, Medical terms, Dietary fiber, Diverticulum, Fiber, Diverticulitis, Colon


Colonic diverticula are common in developed countries and complications of colonic diverticulosis are responsible for a significant burden of disease. Several recent publications have called into question long held beliefs about diverticular disease. Contrary to conventional wisdom, studies have not shown that a high fiber diet protects against asymptomatic diverticulosis. The risk of developing diverticulitis among individuals with diverticulosis is lower than the 10-25% commonly quoted, and may be as low as 1% over 11 years. Nuts and seeds do not increase the risk of diverticulitis or diverticular bleeding. It is unclear whether diverticulosis, absent diverticulitis or overt colitis, is responsible for chronic gastrointestinal symptoms or worse quality of life. The role of antibiotics in acute diverticulitis has been challenged by a large randomized trial that showed no benefit in selected patients. The decision to perform elective surgery should be made on a case-by-case basis and not routinely after a second episode of diverticulitis, when there has been a complication, or in young people. A colonoscopy should be performed to exclude colon cancer after an attack of acute diverticulitis but may not alter outcomes among individuals who have had a colonoscopy prior to the attack. Given these surprising findings, it is time to reconsider conventional wisdom about diverticular disease.

Concepts: Diverticulum, Cancer, Ulcerative colitis, Surgery, Medical terms, Diverticulitis, Diverticulosis, Colon


 Re-commencement of bleeding (rebleeding) of colonic diverticula after endoscopic hemostasis is a clinical problem. This study aimed to examine whether endoscopic visibility of colonic diverticular bleeding affects the risk of rebleeding after endoscopic hemostasis.

Concepts: Diverticulum


The treatment of bladder diverticula consists of diverticulectomy, mainly by a laparoscopic approach or transurethral resection of the diverticular neck and fulguration of the mucosa. The endoscopic approach is generally dedicated to small diverticula. The aim of this study was to compare laparoscopic diverticulectomy versus endoscopic fulguration for bladder diverticula larger than 4 cm.

Concepts: Surgery, Transurethral resection of the prostate, Comparisons, Urinary bladder, Comparison, Diverticulum


Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD), a pulsion diverticulum of hypopharynx is a rare but treatable cause of morbidity in geriatric population. Traditionally a surgical disease but due to its associated high morbidity, flexible endoscopy has become a lucrative option. We reviewed 997 patients from 23 original studies who underwent flexible endoscopic diverticulotomy (FED) of ZD. Composite technical and clinical success rate for the study cohort was 99.4% and 87.9%, respectively. Composite failure rate was 10.0% but close to half of them (45.3%) had success with repeat endoscopic intervention. Composite rate for symptom recurrence after long-term follow-up was 13.6% but more than half (61.8%) had success with repeat endoscopic intervention. Bleeding (6.6%) and perforation (5.3%) were 2 most common complications of FED. All bleeding events were successfully managed with observation or endoscopic therapy. Majority of perforation events (4.4%) were successfully managed with conservative care and only 0.9% required invasive management. No mortality was reported. Efficacy and safety of FED of ZD remained same irrespective of diverticulum size or prior surgical/endoscopic treatment. FED with diverticuloscope (FEDD) and FED with cap (FEDC) had comparable technical success rate (99.6% vs. 100.0%) but FEDD had higher clinical success rate compared with FEDC (86.8% vs. 75.4%). FEDD had twice the risk of symptom recurrence than FEDC (16.5% vs. 9.5%). FEDD had a comparable bleeding risk to FEDC (3.3% vs. 4.0%) but a much lower perforation rate (2.3% vs. 10.3%). Upper esophageal sphincterotomy and adequate length of septotomy are the cornerstones of FED. FED can be considered a safe and efficacious treatment modality for patients with ZD.

Concepts: Barium swallow, Medicine, Effectiveness, Cohort study, Failure, Diverticulum, Zenker's diverticulum, Endoscopy


Almost all gastrointestinal tract diverticula require no intervention if they are asymptomatic. There is no clear diagnostic modality of choice for diagnosis and surveillance of diverticulum. Medical treatment should be attempted before surgical intervention because significant morbidity is may be associated with resection.

Concepts: Gastroenterology, Diverticulum, Surgery, Meckel's diverticulum, Medicine, Medical terms


Quality control and technical issues are essential for high-quality imaging. An important technical parameter of image acquisition is selecting zoom factor according to camera field-of-view dimensions and patient’s body size. Here, we present a case of atypically located Meckel’s diverticulum mimicking bladder on Meckel scan.

Concepts: Photography, DC Comics, According to Jim, Diverticulum, IMAGE, Management, Quality control, Meckel's diverticulum


The frequent complications of Meckel’s diverticulum are hemorrhage, intestinal obstruction, and inflammation, and perforation. The presentation as a retroperitoneal abscess as complications of Meckel’s diverticulum is a very rare clinical entity.

Concepts: Diverticulum, Meckel's diverticulum


Meckel scintigraphy with Tc-pertechnetate was performed in a 5-year-old boy to determine whether a Meckel diverticulum containing ectopic gastric mucosa caused bleeding. The images did not reveal focal activity characteristic of a Meckel diverticulum. Unexpectedly, activity in the tracheobronchial tree was visualized, consistent with aspiration of the radioactive saliva.

Concepts: Gastric mucosa, Diverticulum, Mucous membrane, Nuclear medicine, Radionuclide, Gamma ray, Meckel's diverticulum