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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic inflammation of part of the digestive tract. Examples of this type of disease include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder that interferes with the normal functions of the colon. IBS is characterized by symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

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This page last modified September 24, 2017