Clinical Studies on Diverticular Disease of the Colon

Akira Kubo, Jun Ichi Ishiwata, Yoshiaki Maeda, Tsuyoshi Kida, Kyohji Yamabe, Tooru Shimosegawa

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In 12,505 patients who received barium enemas during the past 14 days, 979 cases (7.8%) of diverticular disease of the colon (DDC) were found. The incidence of DDC increased with age; 2.2% of the patients were below age 29 and 14.3% were over 70 years old. The sex distribution was 584 males and 395 females. 76.1% had diverticula in the right-side colon, 12.9% in the left-side colon, and 11.0% in both sides. All patients below age 29 had the right-side colon type, while 44% of those aged 70 or more did. On the other hand, the left-side colon type and both-sides colon type were found only in patients over 30 years old, and constituted a majority in those of 70 years old or more. The main symptoms and signs were: disturbances in bowel habits 50.7%, abdominal pain 48.1%, abdominal distension and/or discomfort 41.5%, occult blood 25.2% and melena 5.8%. Therefore, DDC is clinically becoming an important disease in recent years in Japan as well as in Western countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-189
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1983


  • Anatomic type
  • Associated disease
  • Colon
  • Diverticular disease
  • Diverticulosis
  • Solitary diverticulum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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