11 doctors weighed in:
Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Edmison
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Edmison
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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Jason Hemming
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Mark Mattar
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.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
IBS is a common somatoform finding in patients with anxiety disorder or medical depressive disorder
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