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Diverticulitis is inflammation or infection of small pouches called diverticula that develop along the walls of your intestines. 

The formation of the pouches themselves is a relatively benign condition known as diverticulosis. The more serious disease, diverticulitis, may involve anything from a small abscess in one or more of the pouches to a massive infection or perforation of the bowel.

The pouches can develop anywhere on the digestive tract, but they most commonly form at the end of the descending and sigmoid colons located on the left side of the abdomen. 

They also frequently occur on the first section of the small intestine, although they rarely cause problems.

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