Pope Francis has been admitted to a hospital in Rome for scheduled surgery to correct a problem in his colon.
According to a statement from the Vatican, the 84-year-old pontiff will be intervened by a “symptomatic diverticular stenosis” of the colon.
Diverticular disease or diverticulitis is a condition of the digestive system that is related to small bumps or bags – diverticula – that form with age on the wall of the large intestine, according to the NHS, the United Kingdom’s public health system, on its page. United.
Most people with diverticula have no symptoms and can only find out about the condition if they have a scan for some other reason. This asymptomatic situation is called diverticulosis.
If diverticula cause symptoms, such as pain in the abdomen, it is called diverticular disease. But if they become inflamed or infected, generating more severe symptoms, that is diverticulitis.
The stenosis is a narrowing of the ducts in the body, in this case of the colon, which may be a consequence of diverticulitis.
The most common symptoms are pain in the lower left part of the abdomen, which tends to be worse during or shortly after eating, but is relieved by winding or defecating.
Constipation or diarrhea are other symptoms as well. Less common is blood in the stool.
It is not known exactly why some people develop diverticular disease, but it appears to be linked to age, diet, lifestyle and genetics.
Age is one of the main risk factors for diverticular disease. Few people under the age of 40 suffer from it. It generally starts from the age of 60 and a significant number of people over 80 will develop it, according to the NHS.
This is because the walls of the large intestine weaken with age, particularly in the sigmoid, the lower left part of the abdomen. The pressure of the passage of hard stool – constipation – can cause the formation of diverticula.
Lack of a high fiber diet is linked to the development of diverticular disease and diverticulitis.
Other factors that increase risk include being overweight, smoking, a history of constipation, and long-term use of pain relievers such as aspirin.
The Pope’s health
The Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, said there will be more information about the Pope’s condition after surgery at the Gemelli University hospital in Rome.
This is the first time Francisco has been admitted to the hospital since his election in 2013.
This Sunday the Pope showed a good state during the usual weekly blessing in St. Peter’s Square and announced a trip to Slovakia and Hungary in September.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1936, the pontiff lost part of his right lung at the age of 21.
Also suffer from a hip problem and sciatica, causing pain that spreads down your back and legs.
In 2014, he had to cancel a series of events due to an upset stomach, it was reported.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.