Irritable Bowel Syndrome Complications
Although irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause several painful symptoms, this digestive condition does not typically cause serious health complications. Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition, which means that there is no cure. However, it is not a life-threatening condition, it doesn't affect longevity, and most people don't develop serious health conditions because of it. In fact, research has shown that less than 5 percent of people with IBS develop another digestive condition.
Although irritable bowel syndrome causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to intestinal bleeding or to any serious disease such as cancer. Also, no link has been established between irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
(For more information on why this digestive condition does not typically lead to serious complications, click Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This article takes an in-depth look at the prognosis of this condition, possible symptoms, and treatment options that are available.)