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TOP CONDITIONS IDENTIFIED DURING AN IBS EVALUATION
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Celiac Sprue
- Crohn’s Disease
This condition is characterized by some combination of abdominal cramping, diarrhea, constipation, or change in stool consistency. There are many conditions that can mimic IBS and therefore all patients should undergo a battery of tests to ensure the right diagnosis.
The list of conditions that may cause symptoms similar to IBS is very long but would include : inflammation in the colon (colitis), intestinal enzyme deficiency, medication side effects, food sensitivities, bacterial and parasitic infections, bacterial overgrowth, and hormonal imbalance. Rarely, cancers and other conditions can cause IBS symptoms.
The diagnosis of IBS may require additional testing such as stool analysis for bacteria/parasites, blood work, imaging studies, breath tests for bacterial overgrowth, and endoscopic examination to look directly at the lining of the intestinal tract.
IBS is not typically life threatening or dangerous. However, it is very important to be sure that IBS is the correct diagnosis. With some very simple testing IBS can be confirmed.
There is a long list of symptoms that are not normally associated with IBS. Patients experiencing these symptoms should undergo a thorough evaluation to determine the cause.
Unusual symptoms for IBS includes: rectal bleeding, anemia, weight loss, significant abdominal pain, abdominal tenderness, fever, chills, night sweats, nausea, and vomiting.