The correlation between diverticulosis and redundant colon

Cuda, Tahleesa, Gunnarsson, Ronny, and De Costa, Alan (2017) The correlation between diverticulosis and redundant colon. International Journal of Colorectal Disease, 32 (11). pp. 1603-1607.

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Background: Diverticulosis and redundant colon are colonic conditions for which underlying pathophysiology, management and prevention are poorly understood. Historical papers suggest an inverse relationship between these two conditions. However, no further attempt has been made to validate this relationship. This study set out to assess the correlation between diverticulosis and colonic redundancy.

Methods: Redundant colon, diverticulosis and patient demographics were recorded during colonoscopy. Multivariate binary logistic regression was performed with redundant colon as the dependent variable and age, gender and diverticulosis as independent variables. Nagelkerke R 2 and a receiver operator curve were calculated to assess goodness of fit and internally validate the multivariate model.

Results: Redundant colon and diverticulosis were diagnosed in 31 and 113 patients, respectively. The probability of redundant colon was increased by female gender odds ratio (OR) 8.4 (95% CI 2.7–26, p = 0.00020) and increasing age OR 1.7 (95% CI 1.1–2.6, p = 0.017). Paradoxically, diverticulosis strongly reduced the probability of redundant colon with OR of 0.12 (95% CI 0.42–0.32, p = 0.000039). The Nagelkerke R 2 for the multivariate model was 0.29 and the area under the curve at ROC analysis was 0.81 (95% CI 0.73–0.90 p–value 3.1 × 10−8).

Conclusions: This study found an inverse correlation between redundant colon and diverticulosis, supporting the historical suggestion that the two conditions rarely occur concurrently. The underlying principle for this relationship remains to be found. However, it may contribute to the understanding of the aetiology and pathophysiology of these colonic conditions.

Item ID: 49718
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1432-1262
Keywords: diverticulosis; redundant colon; acquired megacolon; idiopathic megacolon; colonoscopy
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Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: JCU Honours Research Department JCU-QLD-417851
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 04:36
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