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A 45-year-old member asked:

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

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
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.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
IBS is a common somatoform finding in patients with anxiety disorder or medical depressive disorder
Oct 14, 2011
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
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.
Dr. Mark Mattar
Dr. Mark Mattar commented
Gastroenterology 18 years experience
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
Gastroenterology 18 years experience
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.
Dr. John Edmison
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
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.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How does IBS differ from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Apples and oranges: Ibs: irritable bowel syndrome is not inflammation. Anatomy normal, but functional abnormality. Can occur after a GI infection.Sx occur on and off. Uc and cd are inflammatory; chronic, can have mild or severe consequences/complications. Uc: inflamed lining of colon, starting in rectum, variable extent. Cd-full thickness infl of bowel from lips to anus, can skip areas ibd rx meds +/- surgery.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, can you tell me about this?

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Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 19 years experience
Quick summary: Ibs is irritable bowel syndrome. It causes chronic abdominal discomfort with changes in bowel movements. Ibd is inflammatory bowel disease, for which ulcerative colitis and crohn's are the two main subtypes. These are characterized by chronic inflammation of the bowel, and can often have diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, fevers, arthritis, vomiting, and (with crohn's) bowel obstruction.
A 17-year-old male asked:

Can you get ulcerative colitis from ibs?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 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.
A 31-year-old female asked:

How to determine between ulcerative colitis from ibs?

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Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Testing: Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel syndrome. Ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease make up this autoimmune inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcerative colitis may have other signs and symptoms for you to look for besides bowel issues. See your doctor. He/she will ask about other family members with ibd. A colonoscopy may be required. Also consider celiac disease. A test exists.

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