Digestive System

Lower Gastrointestinal Tract

How does irritable bowel syndrome differ from inflammatory bowel disease?

Irritable bowel syndrome is not a disease but a disorder that disrupts the functions of the colon. There is no inflammation of the digestive tract. It is characterized by a group of symptoms, including crampy abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.


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