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Is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Not even close!

Inflammatory bowel disease (see my earlier healthtap answer) is a systemic inflammation of the gut.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom complex without inflammation. Symptoms for both may be similar/ recurrent. The term "colitis" (=colon inflammation) is often erroneously applied to ibs patients. Ibd patients can have ibs, & ibs patients can develop ibd but the two are etiologically unrelated.

In brief: Not even close!

Inflammatory bowel disease (see my earlier healthtap answer) is a systemic inflammation of the gut.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom complex without inflammation. Symptoms for both may be similar/ recurrent. The term "colitis" (=colon inflammation) is often erroneously applied to ibs patients. Ibd patients can have ibs, & ibs patients can develop ibd but the two are etiologically unrelated.
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