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Smoking and Diverticulitis

03/02/2009

Question:

My wife has recently been diagnosed with diverticulitis and had some of the diverticuli / pollops removed through quarterization. After having given up smoking, she restarted about 8 months ago. At the age of 49, can you confirm that her continuing to smoke will pose an increased risk to her medical condition.

regards,

Answer:

Yes. 

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati