Gastrointestinal diseases have many overlapping symptoms. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) namely, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are two illnesses that effect the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract. Both can cause abdominal pain and changes in bowel movements; however, they are not the same. While there are many similarities between IBD and IBS, it is important to highlight the differences. A fecal calprotectin test is often used as a non-invasive test to differentiate between IBD and IBS.
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation provides an up-to-date Inflammatory Bowel Disease vs. Irritable Bowel Syndrome brochure. It is an excellent resource for both IBD and IBS patients which highlights these differences.
The link has been graciously provided by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Last updated on Jan 12, 2021