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does ibs lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Causativefactor same: Ibs does not lead to ibd - interesting new observations that suggest that some of the factors causing IBS and ibd(crohn's and colitis) may be similar, involving the intestinal immune system and bacteria within the intestine. The great differences between IBS and ibd makes it unlikely that they are caused by identical processes.
Answered on Sep 1, 2018
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
IBS is a common somatoform finding in patients with anxiety disorder or medical depressive disorder
Oct 14, 2011
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
No.: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a functional disorder of the intestine which can causing cramping pain and changes in bowel habits. Inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune disease leading to severe inflammation of the intestine, often requiring surgery. Comparing these two diseases is like comparing a headache to a brain tumor.
Answered on Sep 1, 2018
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Dr. Mark Mattar
Dr. Mark Mattar commented
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Going along the "headache to a brain tumor" analogy, if you have IBD of more than 1/3 of the colon for over 7-8 years, you need to have regular colonoscopy surveillance because you are at increased risk of developing colon cancer. There is no known risk of colon cancer from IBS.
Dec 19, 2011
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
No, but..: No, but some patients diagnosed with ibs will eventually be diagnosed with ibd. This is not because ibs becomes ibd, but that early onset ibd may present the same as ibs and then eventual will progress into a clinical picture in which ibd may be diagnosed.
Answered on Sep 1, 2018
Dr. John Edmison
18 years experience Gastroenterology
No: Ibs is a functional bowel disorder characterized by bowel hyperactivity and hypersensitivity, while ibd is a structural bowel disorder characterized by inflammation and ulceration. They are unrelated.
Answered on Sep 1, 2018
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