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 sugar substitutes.
  • Lactose intolerance.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Malabsorption syndrome, such as celiac disease.
  • Tumours of the digestive system.
  • Problems with the pancreas.
  • Parasitic infestation, especially in people who have travelled 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
Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology

Current as ofAugust 9, 2016