Chapter 6. Colonic Diverticulosis

  1. Adam Brooks FRCS (Gen Surg), DMCC Consultant Senior Lecturer3,4,
  2. Bryan A. Cotton MD, MPH Associate Professor5,
  3. Lt Col Nigel Tai MS, FRCS (Gen Surg), RAMC Consultant Senior Lecturer4,6 and
  4. Col Peter F. Mahoney OBE, TD, MSc, FRCA, RAMC Defence Professor7
  1. David Luke1 and
  2. Douglas M. Bowley Consultant Surgeon Senior Lecturer1,2

Published Online: 10 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315172.ch6

Emergency Surgery

Emergency Surgery

How to Cite

Luke, D. and Bowley, D. M. (2010) Colonic Diverticulosis, in Emergency Surgery (eds A. Brooks, B. A. Cotton, N. Tai and P. F. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315172.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Major Trauma Pathway Lead, General Surgery Service Lead, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK

  2. 4

    Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK

  3. 5

    Department of Surgery and the Center for Translational Injury Research, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, USA

  4. 6

    Defence Medical Services, Trauma Clinical Academic Unit, Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, UK

  5. 7

    RCDM Birmingham Research, Park Vincent Drive, Birmingham, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Colorectal Surgery, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK

  2. 2

    Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 31 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170253

Online ISBN: 9781444315172



  • colonic diverticulosis;
  • diverticulum, meaning a ‘blind alley’- Latin verb devertere ‘to turn aside’;
  • patients with diverticulosis - higher than normal elastin deposition in muscle wall;
  • diagnosis of diverticulitis, made on basis of history and clinical examination;
  • complication of diverticular disease - acute diverticulitis and inflammation;
  • modified Hinchey's classification of acute diverticulitis;
  • staging of diverticulitis;
  • management of diverticulitis;
  • commonest surgical intervention during acute episode of diverticulitis - Hartmann's procedure;
  • diverticular abscess


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Pathophysiology and aetiology

  • Clinical presentation

  • Further reading