Conditions InDepth: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a problem with the intestines. Belly pain and swelling, cramping, gas, changes in bowel movements are the most common problems.
Causes of IBS
The cause is not known. It may happen due to:
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated September 10, 2018. Accessed August 26, 2019.
Last reviewed August 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 8/26/2019
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