Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an idiopathic disease caused by a dysregulated immune response to host intestinal microflora. The two major types of inflammatory bowel disease are ulcerative colitis (UC), which is limited to the colonic mucosa, and Crohn disease (CD), which can affect any segment of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract from the mouth to the anus.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional GI disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits in the absence of a specific and unique organic pathology, although microscopic inflammation has been documented in some patients.
Are you familiar with the similarities and differences between these conditions in terms of background, presentation, workup, and treatment? Test yourself with this short quiz.
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Cite this: Jamie Shalkow, Daniel Margain. Fast Five Quiz: Do You Know Key Differences Between Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease? - Medscape - Jul 12, 2018.