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Can you get ulcerative colitis from ibs if so what's the likely hood of it happening?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a functional GI disorder, meaning symptoms are caused by changes in how the GI tract works. People with a functional GI disorder have frequent symptoms; however, the GI tract does not become damaged. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, in which the lining becomes inflamed and develop open sores, or ulcers, that produce pain.

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