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Diverticula of colon

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