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
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Author: Gary R
Lichtenstein, MD, Director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Professor,
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
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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