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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (cont.)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Prognosis

Because irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic (long-term) disease, symptoms usually return from time to time. This may be influenced by factors such as stress, diet, or other environmental causes. No known treatment cures IBS. Multiple factors may play a role in aggravating IBS, so it may be difficult to predict which may make IBS worse for a particular person. Establishing a good relationship with a doctor may help alleviate concerns over symptoms and allow rapid recognition of changing or worsening symptoms.

Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine

REFERENCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

PubMedHealth.gov. Alosetron.

PubMedHealth.gov. Lubiprostone.

PubMedHealth.gov. Tegaserod.

Author: Gary R Lichtenstein, MD, Director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Coauthor(s): Jenifer K Lehrer, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Everett Stephens, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Louisville. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Richard Harrigan, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Temple University School of Medicine.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/12/2014
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