Published online Aug 16, 2013. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v5.i8.391
Revised: July 2, 2013
Accepted: July 9, 2013
Published online: August 16, 2013
Core tip: Colonic-diverticulosis is common in Western populations as well as an emerging disease in Eastern populations but prevalence data for Arab populations is scarce. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 3649 consecutive patients who underwent a colonoscopy for all indications. The demographic information included the age, sex, comorbidities and indication for the colonoscopy. The association among colonic polyps, comorbidities and diverticular disease was also measured. Colonic-diverticulosis was found to have a low prevalence among the Saudi population, be predominantly left-sided and associated with adenomatous-polyps. Age, hypertension and rectal bleeding predict the presence of diverticular disease.