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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A number of other problems may cause symptoms similar to those of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), including:

  • Abuse of laxatives or antacids.
  • Use of sorbitol or other artificial sweeteners.
  • Lactose intolerance.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Malabsorption syndrome, such as celiac disease.
  • Tumors of the digestive system.
  • Problems with the pancreas.
  • Parasitic infestation, especially in people who have traveled to areas with poor sanitation.
  • Thyroid disease.
  • Diverticulitis.
  • Diseases of the female reproductive organs, such as endometriosis.
  • Gallstones.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology

Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

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