Irritable Bowel Syndrome vs. Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, 10-20% of U.S adults struggle with IBS. However, unlike IBS, IBD causes inflammation, ulcers and other serious damage to the bowel.

IBS is classified as a functional disorder — patients suffering from IBS can often resolve symptoms be adhering to dietary alterations or minor treatment.