Diverticulae are small pouches that can form in the lining of the digestive system, often in the lower part of the colon or large intestine. They are common in people over the age of 40 and normally don’t cause any problems.
However, if a diverticula becomes infected or inflamed it can cause a condition known as diverticular disease or diverticulitis. Mild cases can normally be treated with antibiotics and a change in your diet. Although, more severe cases may require hospitalisation and surgery.