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What Is The Difference Between Diverticulitis And Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
IBS has no lesion: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. Including Diarrhea or constipation. Compared to colon canceer which can present with similar features IBS has no specific lesion causing the symptoms .It has been theorised that abnormalities in GUT flora (microbiome) result in inflammation and altered bowel function. Any bowel lesion causing the symptoms can be identified on colonoscopy ...Read more
Very different: Colitis is inflammation of the colon. It is commonly seen with inflammatory disease of the colon (ulcerative colitis). Any area of the colon can become inflamed with this. Diverticulosis is having small pockets that poke out of the bowel wall. Diverticulosis is when one of these pockets gets infected or inflamed. This is usually more localized, like in the left sigmoid colon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Micro colitis vs IBS: Microscopic colitis refers to 2 med conditions causing diarrhea: collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis--conditions characterized by this triad of clinicopathological features: 1. Chronic watery diarrhea; 2. Normal colonoscopy; 3. Characteristic histopathology. Whereas in ibs diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate. This diarrhea etiology is different from micro colit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Pancolitis is just a description of colitis that is affecting the entire colon, & it can come from all types of colitis such as infectious colitis , crohn's colitis, or others. Ulcerative colitis is a specific form of colitis or colon inflammation diagnosed by colonoscpoy & biopsy & which might also cause a pancolitis. ...Read more
Osis and itis: Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula, small outpouchings "pockets" typically in the sigmoid colon that develop as people age. This is very common with time. Diverticulitis is inflammation associated with the diverticula and typically requires treatment with antibiotics. The presence of the pockets does not mean you with get diverticulitis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Infected or not: Diverticulosis is a condition where the colon develops small pockets that can bulge out from the wall of the colon. It usually develops in people with constipation. Diverticulitis is a condition where these pockets become infected, requiring antibiotics or sometimes surgery. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Colitis is a: general term for inflammation of the colon and can be due to many thing including vascular or blood supply problems, infections and idiopathic meaning not a clear cause. Ulcerative colitis is a very specific term that refers to one of the inflammatory bowel diseases in the colitis category . Diagnosis and management of each form of colitis is quite different as is the prognosis, so may sure your i ...Read more
A lot: Hirschprung's is a condition in which the nerves that cause peristalsis (movement of the intestine) are missing from birth. It is treated with surgery to remove the part without nerves. Redundant colon is a condition in which the colon is longer than normal, causing it to loop back on itself. It often presents with constipation and gas. It can also be treated with surgery if medical rx fails. ...Read more
Intestinal : Or colon obstruction is a mechanical blockage usually caused by twisting of intestine or colon. Fecal impaction is just that, your fecal material gets stuck in the colon and can cause an obstruction. The former can commonly lead to strangulation, so operation is frequently needed. The latter almost never requires surgery, just mechanical removal of impacted stool. ...Read more
Very different.: C difficile is an infection that produces pain and diarrhea most often in the setting of hospitalization and antibiotic use. Ibs is a functional disorder - no infection - which may produce constipation, diarrhea or alernating stool pattern. In ibs symptoms often get better with eating or defecating. Not so with c diff. ...Read more
Allergic v. immune: Eosinophils in preponderance suggest "allergy, " so a colitis associated w/ increased eosinophils may be due to a medicine. Ulcerative colitis (uc), however, is an autoimmune inflammatory bowel disease affecting only the colon, with occasional "backwash" ileitis in the distal small intestine. Steroids, methotrexate, imuran, (azathioprine) ; others are for uc... ...Read more
Varies: Avoiding triggers of the diarrhea and constipation that frequently accompany irritable bowel syndrome are a mainstay of treatment. Dietary changes, lifestyle changes, relaxation therapy, yoga, and other measures to reduce stress are helpful for many people. There are no current effective medications for all ibs patients. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may prescribe targeted meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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