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J Gastrointest Surg. 2007 Apr;11(4):542-8.

Controversies in the surgical management of sigmoid diverticulitis.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, ACC 460, 15 Parkman Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA.


The timing and appropriateness of surgical treatment of sigmoid diverticular disease remain a topic of controversy. We have reviewed the current literature on this topic, focusing on issues related to the indications and types of surgery. Current evidence would suggest that elective surgery for diverticulitis can be avoided in patients with uncomplicated disease, regardless of the number of recurrent episodes. Furthermore, the need for elective surgery should not be influenced by the age of the patient. Operation should be undertaken in patients with severe attacks, as determined by their clinical and radiological evaluation.

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