Find an overview of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, sometimes referred to as spastic colon, including IBS symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

What is IBS?

Alternative names: Spastic colon, irritable colon, mucous colitis and functional bowel disease

Causes of IBS

Scientists still don’t know exactly what causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but there are many theories. Learn more.

Diagnosing IBS

There are no tests to diagnose IBS, but here are certain criteria that need to be met before a diagnosis of IBS can be made.

Preventing IBS

Healthy lifestyle changes can reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and may even prevent it developing in the first place.

Symptoms of IBS

IBS is difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms overlap with other gastrointestinal diseases.

Risk factors for IBS

It’s been noted that people who have had gastroenteritis or a previous bout of food poisoning are at higher risk of being diagnosed with IBS.

Treating IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can often be managed by means of diet and lifestyle changes, but some people require medication.

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