Diverticular disease is one of the most prevalent medical conditions in the United States. Symptomatic diverticular disease comprises a spectrum ranging from mildly symptomatic, with a profile similar to irritable bowel syndrome, to acute bouts of diverticulitis with complications such as abscess or perforation. Traditional dietary, medical, and surgical approaches are being re-considered in light of newer data. Recent research and clinical studies suggest that inflammation plays a role in the pathophysiology of diverticular disease.4,5 Results from other studies indicate a need to revise current recommendations about dietary modifications. In response to these and other advances, clinicians are re-examining current standards of care and evaluating the role of emerging therapies in the management of diverticular disease.
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of gastroenterologists, internists, and surgeons who care for patients with diverticular disease. Other healthcare professionals, including physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), and nurses, may also participate.
As a result of participating in the activity, learners will be better able to:
— Consider the clinical implications of current evidence supporting the role of chronic inflammation in the pathophysiology of diverticular disease
— Implement strategies to improve the care of patients with diverticular disease based on current evidence
— Evaluate the potential clinical role of new therapeutic approaches in managing diverticular disease in specific patient groups