[PDF] Commissioning guide: colonic diverticular disease

Royal College of Surgeons - RCS
Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS)
Publication date:
01 March 2014


These guidelines apply only to those patients who have been previously diagnosed as having colonic diverticula.
Colonic diverticulosis should only be diagnosed after diverticula have been noted on imaging (such as barium enema or CT) or after direct visualisation (either endoscopically or at surgery)
Patients with suspected, but not previously diagnosed, diverticular disease should be managed and referred according to local policies. Patients with known diverticulosis who have ‘red flag’ symptoms/signs should be urgently referred for further investigation