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How to distinguish between irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut syndrome?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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In brief: Distinction here...

Irritable bowel is a syndrome complex that spans many etiologies ; contributants (see earlier healthtap answers).
Often, patients complain of altered stool pattern (diarrhea, constipation, or both), abdominal pain, bloating, gassiness, fullness, distension, nausea, cramps. Similar symptoms may present with leaky gut, which by comparison is a disease process (again, caused by many etiologies).

In brief: Distinction here...

Irritable bowel is a syndrome complex that spans many etiologies ; contributants (see earlier healthtap answers).
Often, patients complain of altered stool pattern (diarrhea, constipation, or both), abdominal pain, bloating, gassiness, fullness, distension, nausea, cramps. Similar symptoms may present with leaky gut, which by comparison is a disease process (again, caused by many etiologies).
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