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What Is the Prognosis With IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition. This means that there is no known cure. However, IBS is not life-threatening, it doesn't affect longevity, and most people don't develop serious health conditions because of it. Research shows that less than 5 percent of people with IBS develop another digestive condition.
Irritable bowel syndrome causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but 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.

Other Names for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Through the years, irritable bowel syndrome has been called by many names, including:
IBS may also be separated into subgroups based on a person's main symptoms. If diarrhea is the more common symptom, the condition may be called diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome. When constipation is more common, the condition may be called constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome.
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