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October 23, 1937


Author Affiliations

Fellow in Medicine, the Mayo Foundation ROCHESTER, MINN.

From the Division of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1937;109(17):1328-1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780430006002

Information is scanty as to what happens to patients who have diverticula of the colon. The following questions are frequently asked: How often is diverticulosis followed by diverticulitis? Have physicians been too strict or too casual in their attitude toward diverticulosis? Although the medical treatment of diverticulitis is rather simple, is it adequate? How many patients who have diverticulitis eventually undergo surgical treatment? What is the prognosis when surgical treatment is necessary? Is there enough evidence to warrant the assumption that there is more than a coincidental relationship between carcinoma of the colon and diverticulitis?

Those who are interested in a study of diverticulitis and diverticulosis are referred to a complete summary1 that appeared last year. The present study was undertaken solely to evaluate the prognosis; it covers the decade from Jan. 1, 1919, to Jan. 1, 1929. Approximately 1,100 cases of diverticula of the colon were reviewed but

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