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How can irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) be misdiagnosed?

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Doctors can determine whether your symptoms are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or signs of another problem. IBS is often confused with other illnesses, so doctors will need to ask questions and perform tests to confirm a diagnosis.

Blood in the stool, fever, weight loss, and chronic pain are NOT symptoms of IBS. If you have these symptoms, see a doctor right away.

SOURCES: Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of the American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." Current Psychiatry Web site. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCES: Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of the American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." Current Psychiatry Web site. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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