A pocket of infection (abscess) that forms in the
abdominal cavity. The inflammation or infection may spread to the membrane
that covers the inside of the abdominal wall. This infection, called peritonitis, may spread to
other parts of the body (sepsis).
Free perforation. In rare cases,
a hole in a diverticulum may allow stool to enter the abdominal cavity, causing
An abnormal opening (fistula) that forms between the
large intestine and organs near it. In diverticulitis, a fistula may form
between two parts of the large intestine or between the large intestine and the
bladder, vagina, or
Blockage in the colon (bowel
Primary Medical Reviewer
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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