Despite the Similar Acronyms, IBD and IBS are Quite Different

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John Lazarou

July 17, 2018
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, is a chronic condition that inflames the intestines and affects an estimated 3 million American adults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. IBD is broken down into two main types: ulcerative colitis, which mainly affects the colon; and Crohn's disease, which can affect any part of the intestines. Those with IBD may experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain and cramping, reduced appetite and unintended weight loss.

There are many people who confuse IBD with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, which is a different diagnosis than inflammatory bowel disease. Despite the similar acronyms and that both share some debilitating bowel symptoms, these conditions are actually very different. Dr. Diana Whitehead, a GBMC gastroenterologist with a special interest in inflammatory diseases, explains...

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