IBS and IBD. What’s the Difference?

There are many distinct differences between irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. However, it’s not uncommon for people to confuse these common digestive disorders.

Unlike IBD, IBS does not cause inflammation, ulcers or damage to the large intestine. In fact, IBS is frequently characterized as a functional gastrointestinal condition. Meanwhile, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are much serious. IBS symptoms include abdominal pains, excess gas, harder or looser bowel movements, diarrhea and constipation. In general, symptoms of IBD include chronic diarrhea, weight loss, fever and abdominal pain.

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If you suspect IBS or IBD, it is important to seek guidance from your health care provider. To diagnose appropriately, blood tests, stool samples, endoscopic examination or CT scanning may be ordered. Please contact Regional Gi for additional questions or health concerns. We look forward to serving you!