Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (cont.)

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

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic disease with symptoms that tend to come and go. The overall prognosis for patients with IBS depends on the severity and frequency of symptoms, and the patient's ability to control these symptoms, whether by diet, lifestyle changes, or medications.

There is no known cure for IBS, but there are many treatment options to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Good communication with your doctor is important to help you manage this condition.


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