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What symptoms do irritable bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) share?

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Both can cause stomach pain, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation -- but that’s where the similarities end. Irritable bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have different causes and treatments. You can’t tell which it is by how you feel, and you need to know the difference so you can get the right type of help.

SOURCES:

GI Society, Canadian Society of Intestinal Research “IBS vs. IBD: What’s the Difference?”

Bradesi, S. , 2003. Current Opinion in Gastroenterology

Medscape: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic: “IBD & IBS Q&A.”

Rome Foundation: “Rome III Diagnostic Criteria for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders”

Mayo Clinic: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”

Monash University: “The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “IBS and IBD: Two Very Different Disorders.”

American Cancer Society: “Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors.”

UpToDate: “Irritable bowel syndrome (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 13, 2016

SOURCES:

GI Society, Canadian Society of Intestinal Research “IBS vs. IBD: What’s the Difference?”

Bradesi, S. , 2003. Current Opinion in Gastroenterology

Medscape: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic: “IBD & IBS Q&A.”

Rome Foundation: “Rome III Diagnostic Criteria for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders”

Mayo Clinic: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”

Monash University: “The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “IBS and IBD: Two Very Different Disorders.”

American Cancer Society: “Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors.”

UpToDate: “Irritable bowel syndrome (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 13, 2016

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