colonic diverticula -->
diverticula of colon
medical dictionary

Diverticula, which are herniations of mucosa and submucosa through or between fibres of the major muscle layer (muscularis propria) of the colon. Usually multiple, it occurs in 50% of western populations above the age of 70, but is much less common in other populations. Can cause bleeding and episodes of severe inflammation.

Synonyms: colonic diverticula.

(05 Mar 2000)