Intestinal disease

Intestinal disease

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Caption: Intestinal disease. X-ray of the duodenum of a 27 year old patient with diverticula of the duodenum (small intestine). Diverticula are small pouch- like structures that protrude out of weak spots in the intestine wall. They are thought to be caused by a low-fibre diet and so are very common in the developed world. In most cases diverticula are symptomless and cause no problems. Occasionally the diverticula can become inflamed and infected, a condition called diverticulitis, causing abdominal pain and constipation. Treatment is with a high-fibre diet.

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