Associated Conditions of Irritable bowel syndrome


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About associated conditions: Associated conditions are those which appear statistically related, but do not have a clear cause or effect relationship. Whereas the complications are caused by Irritable bowel syndrome, and underlying causes may be causes of Irritable bowel syndrome, the following list shows associated conditions that simply appear with higher frequency in people who have Irritable bowel syndrome. In some cases, there may be overlap between this list and risk factors for Irritable bowel syndrome. People with Irritable bowel syndrome may be more likely to get a condition on the list of associated conditions, or the reverse may be true, or both. Whether they are causes of, caused by, or simply coincidentally related to Irritable bowel syndrome is not always clear. For general information, see Associated Condition Misdiagnosis.


Associated conditions: IBS has not been shown to lead to any serious, organic diseases. No link has been established between IBS and inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. IBS does not lead to cancer. Some patients have a more severe form of IBS, and the pain and diarrhea may cause them to withdraw from normal activities. These patients need to work with their physicians to find the best combination of medicine, diet, counseling, and support to control their symptoms. 1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Irritable Bowel Syndrome: NIDDK

Last revision: May 30, 2003

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