Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Bhupinder S. Anand, MBBS, MD, DPHIL (OXON)
Dr. Anand received MBBS degree from Medical College Amritsar, University of Punjab. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Postgraduate Institute of medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He was trained in the field of Gastroenterology and obtained the DPhil degree. Dr. Anand is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) facts
- What irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes and risk factors?
- What are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and signs?
- What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- What are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treatments?
- IBS medications
- Is there an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diet?
- What lifestyle changes may help IBS symptoms and signs?
- Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) related to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)?
- What types of doctors treat IBS?
- Is it possible to prevent IBS?
- What are potential complications of IBS?
- What is the prognosis for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- Find a local Gastroenterologist in your town
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) facts
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a type of gastrointestinal disorder. IBS symptoms and signs include
- The exact cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is unknown and may be due to multiple factors.
- A diagnosis of IBS is based on the duration (at least six months) and frequency of signs and symptoms (at least three times a month).
- There is no known cure for IBS, but there are many treatment options to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Treatment includes dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, and prescription medications.
- It is best to talk to a primary-care physician or a gastroenterologist about the best way to manage IBS symptoms and signs.
What is the definition of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder characterized by the presence of a cluster of symptoms and signs in adults or children that include cramping, abdominal pain, increased gas, altered bowel habits, food intolerance, and bloating (distention).
Irritable bowel syndrome is a "functional" disorder. This term refers to the changes in the functioning of the digestive system that results in the collection of symptoms referred to as IBS, meaning that it is a problem with the movement (motility) rather than any damage to the tissues of the digestive system.
In the past, irritable bowel syndrome was also called spastic colon or bowel, functional bowel disease, mucous colitis, or nervous colon. IBS is not the same as colitis or Crohn's disease, which are a group of separate conditions also referred to as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
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