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Acute diverticulitis under age forty.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8209928     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Acute diverticulitis in the young is increasingly common and is not confined to a particular ethnic or socioeconomic group. The majority of cases are in men and occur in the fourth decade of life. Obesity is the major comorbid condition. The disease appears to be an early manifestation of that seen in the elderly based on identical anatomy and histology. The high incidence of surgical intervention and the high incidence of emergent or urgent intervention, particularly following the initial attack, suggests that this manifestation is a more virulent form of the disease. Because of this, any patient under age 40 should undergo resection following the first documented attack of acute diverticulitis.
C W Konvolinka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of surgery     Volume:  167     ISSN:  0002-9610     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Surg.     Publication Date:  1994 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-07-14     Completed Date:  1994-07-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370473     Medline TA:  Am J Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  562-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Surgery, State University of New York.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Age Distribution
Diverticulitis, Colonic* / complications,  diagnosis,  epidemiology,  therapy
Obesity, Morbid / complications
Retrospective Studies
Sex Distribution

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