Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Description/Overview

term-definitionIrritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, is a disorder that affects the colon and intestinal tract. IBS is considered a chronic condition requiring proper management over the person’s lifetime.

The causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome are still not completely known. An array of factors can be considered. The intestinal walls contain muscle layers that contract and relax as food travels from the stomach through the intestinal tract. If a person has Irritable Bowel Syndrome, those contractions may be strong and last much longer, resulting in bloating, gas and possibly diarrhea. The opposite can occur when significantly weaker intestinal contractions slow food down and leading to constipation.

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Last Reviewed:
September 14, 2016
Last Updated:
February 03, 2017