Need help about a disease.

  1. Hello everyone:

    I am studying GI disorders and one that comes up is called Diverticular Disease, which includes diverticulum, diverticulosis, and diverticulitis. I am having a hard time understanding what it is exactly. Can someone simplify it for me? Thank you in advance for any help.

    P.S. This is not homework, just a need to know for my knowledge base.
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  3. by   3aremyjoy
    Look at the suffix to tell you what it is....
    Knowing your med term will make these type of questions much easier.
  4. by   Sparrow91
    Diverticulum is a structure not a disease an here is a video that may help you understand the difference between Diverticulosis and Diveticulitis

    Diverticular diseases -(Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis) in HD - YouTube
  5. by   classicdame
    itis is inflammation. You can have tonsils without tonsilitis, appendix without appendicitis, bronchioles -----
  6. by   JLV5646
    when i think of diverticulum i think of a pocket.... because that is what it is... it's a pocket in the intestines (like a cave)... when something irritates that cave it becomes aggravated and inflammed which will then cause the discomfort the patient displays. soo.... Diverticulosis = the cave
    Diverticulitis = the inflammed cave