Misdiagnosis of Irritable bowel syndrome


About misdiagnosis: When checking for a misdiagnosis of Irritable bowel syndrome or confirming a diagnosis of Irritable bowel syndrome, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Irritable bowel syndrome may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Irritable bowel syndrome. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

Alternative diagnoses list for Irritable bowel syndrome: For a diagnosis of Irritable bowel syndrome, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Irritable bowel syndrome:

Irritable bowel syndrome as an alternative diagnosis: The other diseases for which Irritable bowel syndrome is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Irritable bowel syndrome: If you are concerned about IBS, it is important to realize that normal bowel function varies from person to person. Normal bowel movements range from as many as three stools a day to as few as three a week. A normal movement is one that is formed but not hard, contains no blood, and is passed without cramps or pain.

People with IBS, on the other hand, usually have crampy abdominal pain with painful constipation or diarrhea. In some people, constipation and diarrhea alternate. Sometimes people with IBS pass mucus with their bowel movements. Bleeding, fever, weight loss, and persistent severe pain are not symptoms of IBS but may indicate other problems. 1

You may have heard IBS referred to as "spastic colon" or "spastic bowel." Sometimes IBS is confused with inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis. But IBS is not a disease and does not cause inflammation, bleeding, damage to the bowel, or cancer or other serious diseases. It is called a functional disorder, which means that there is no sign of disease when the colon is examined, but the bowel doesn't work as it should. The cause of IBS is not known, and as yet there is no cure. 2

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Irritable bowel syndrome: The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Irritable bowel syndrome:

Misdiagnosis cases for Irritable bowel syndrome: No cases available yet.

1. excerpt from Irritable Bowel Syndrome: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Irritable Bowel Syndrome: NWHIC

Last revision: May 30, 2003

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