What is the prognosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Updated: Dec 30, 2019
  • Author: Mohammad F El-Baba, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder that cannot be cured and usually persists in a waxing and waning fashion. Many children and adolescents who are diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome continue to experience symptoms into adulthood, and many adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome trace their symptoms to childhood. The intensity of pain for a particular patient may vary with time, but the nature of symptoms usually remains unchanged.

The quality of life for many patients with irritable bowel syndrome can be enhanced with ongoing education, reassurance, psychosocial support, and appropriate pharmacotherapy when indicated.

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