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Claiming for IBS misdiagnosis

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition in the UK that can be debilitating and cause a lot of stress for those suffering. It is usually a diagnosis by exclusion – so that when all other conditions are ruled out this is the diagnosis that is made. There are also two types of IBS, IBS D and IBS C. This frequent medical problem can often be diagnosed when the patient has a more sinister condition such as inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s or microscopic colitis, or even bowel cancer, and those suffering from IBS can often face misdiagnosis or delays in receiving the care and treatment they need, prolonging the pain and challenges of living with bowel conditions.

In a number of cases, the symptoms of IBS can be simply confused with the symptoms of other conditions affecting the bowel or stomach. IBS is also unpredictable, and symptoms may also vary and sometimes be contradictory with no obvious cause.

IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion and if a patient is not properly tested to rule out conditions such a bowel cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and coeliac disease, unacceptable suffering can continue over the long-term and may result in surgery which should have been unnecessary or a poorer prognosis.

Those patients that have been affected by IBS, inflammatory bowel disease or bowel cancer misdiagnosis may be able to seek compensation and support through the legal system. Medical compensation claims offer those affected a chance to hold those responsible to account, and answers. With the support of the Your Legal Friend team, we can investigate your case, and put a value on your claim, reflecting the undue suffering that medical negligence has caused. We understand that taking legal action can seem like a daunting process but with our help, it can be simple and straightforward.

Our team are experienced specialist solicitors who pride themselves on working on behalf of those affected by medical negligence. We take the time to listen to your experiences to build a case that accurately demonstrates how those responsible for your care let you down. We’ll work on your behalf from the very beginning of the legal process through to the conclusion, including representing you in court if necessary, to secure you the best outcome possible in your case. When you instruct Your Legal Friend, you know you can rely on us to act in your best interests.

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That’s why we are committed to guiding you through every step of the process. We ensure that your claim is handled carefully and professionally by our specialist solicitors, while working alongside medical experts, to guarantee the best results for you.

Our medical negligence team is headed by Laura Morgan who has a wealth of experience in leading complicated, high-value medical negligence cases.

Laura is recognised within the legal profession as a leader in the field of medical negligence and serious injury compensation.  Laura has acted in a wide range of cases over her 17 years of practice and has particular expertise in acting for children who have suffered brain injury due to mismanaged birth or surgical errors, and in managing claims that have resulted in the death of a loved one. Laura has achieved a number of large settlements including £5.4 million for a 7 year old and £4 million for an 11 year old child.

Laura’s expertise and dedication to her clients is recognised in the Chambers guide to the Legal Profession in which she was praised for the efficiency of her approach to case handling and described as “tenacious and detail-oriented”.

Laura has been a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel since 2005 and accredited as a Senior Litigator in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) since 2006.  Laura is also a member of the specialist lawyers panel for Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK’s leading charity committed to patient safety and justice.

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Your questions... answered

Can I claim for IBS misdiagnosis?

If you’ve experienced irritable bowel syndrome misdiagnosis you may be able to make a compensation claim. To be successful you must be able to prove that your misdiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome was the result of medical negligence and caused you undue suffering.

Misdiagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome can cause those suffering a severe amount of pain as they’re not taking the necessary medication or steps to improve the condition. Those that are affected by IBS should be able to rely on those responsible for their care to take all the necessary steps and where this hasn’t happened a misdiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome lawsuit can help reflect how you’ve been let down.

There are lots of different ways that you can demonstrate medical negligence to support your irritable bowel syndrome malpractice case, such as:

  • Your GP failing to act on your symptoms
  • Failing to rule out other potential conditions through tests
  • Lack of investigating for other symptoms associated with IBS
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Can I claim if I was wrongly diagnosed with IBS?

In some cases, patients have been diagnosed with IBS when another underlying condition is to blame. You may be able to make a compensation case if this has happened to you, particularly if the delay in diagnosis and treatment has meant the condition has worsened. If you’re unsure if you have a misdiagnosis case, our expert team are on hand to listen to your questions and offer you advice. 

How much compensation will I get?

Misdiagnosis compensation claims are all different and this is reflected in the amount of compensation awarded. Without fully understanding your experiences and how the misdiagnosis has affected you, we can’t say how much compensation your case could be worth. But our team of expert lawyers are on hand to place a value on your claim.

All medical negligence compensation claims take a range of factors into account, from the extent of your injury and suffering to additional care, travel expenses and lost earnings. When you instruct us, we’ll take the time to listen to you, allowing us to give your case a value that reflects your experience.

While we can’t say how much misdiagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome compensation you could receive, the NHS does pay out millions every year to those affected by medical negligence, including those who were misdiagnosed. If you have a claim that you would like to investigate, we can offer you the help and support you need.

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What is IBS?

IBS is a common, long-term condition that affects the digestive system. It typically first appears in people between the age of 20 and 30 and affects more women than men. The symptoms of IBS can vary hugely between sufferers, which can mean it’s difficult to diagnose and has led to misdiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome stories. 

Often the condition is lifelong, but many of those diagnosed find that symptoms improve over several years as they learn to live with it. It’s is thought that up to 20% of people are affected by IBS at some point in their lives.

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What causes IBS?

The exact causes of IBS are unknown but it has been linked to problems related to the digestion and increased sensitivity in the gut. Diet, infections, and inflammation have also been suggested to cause IBS. There has also been evidence to suggest that IBS is related to psychological factors, stress and anxiety in particular.

Many people that have been diagnosed with IBS find that certain food and drinks can trigger their symptoms. While these vary between sufferers, common triggers include:

  • Alcohol
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Processed snacks
  • Fatty or fried foods
Read less

Can IBS be caused by medical treatment?

Occasionally, IBS has been linked to medical treatment, including due to the results of surgical error, side effects of certain prescriptions, or negligent treatment during a colonoscopy.

It can be difficult to prove if negligent treatment has caused or triggered IBS but where it has occurred it may be possible to make a compensation claim.

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What are the symptoms of IBS?

There are common symptoms that are associated with IBS but these vary widely from person to person. Typically, IBS sufferers have a flare-up of symptoms that last a few days before easing, although they may not disappear entirely, and commonly they worsen after eating.

The most common IBS symptoms are:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • A change in your bowel habits
  • Bloating and swelling of your stomach
  • Excessive wind
  • Occasionally experiencing an urgent need to go to the toilet
  • A feeling that you have not fully emptied your bowels after going to the toilet

There are also other problems that are often associated with IBS, including:

  • A lack of energy
  • Feeling sick
  • Backache
  • Bladder problems
  • Pain during sex
  • Incontinence

The symptoms and signs of IBS can often mimic those of other conditions and as a result missed irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis can occur. You should be able to rely on those responsible to take all the steps necessary to achieve an accurate diagnosis and where this hasn’t happened you may be able to make a failure to diagnose claim.

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How is IBS diagnosed?

IBS doesn’t cause any obvious detectable abnormalities in the digestive system. For this reason, there aren’t any specific tests that your doctor can order to achieve a diagnosis.

Instead, you GP will assess your symptoms and how long you have experienced them for. If your doctor suspects you may have IBS, they will order tests to rule out other potential conditions, such as celiac disease or an infection. If your symptoms indicate that a more serious condition could be causing the signs, such as cancer, further testing will also be undertaken.

The common symptoms and the fact that there is no definitive test means that it can be easy for undiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome to occur. An accurate diagnosis relies on a GP taking all the necessary steps and recognising the symptoms of the condition in order to avoid a wrong diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome.

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How is IBS treated?

IBS cannot be cured. Often the symptoms of IBS can be managed with changes to lifestyle and diet but medication and psychological treatments may also be used. Due to the varied symptoms, each patient will need a different treatment plan that is tailored to their needs.

The NHS lists several different treatment options for those that have been diagnosed with IBS:

  • Diet

Those that have been diagnosed with IBS are often advised to keep a food diary. This is because each person will have different triggers and writing down intake and symptoms can help identify which foods may need to be avoided. However, it’s possible for triggers to change over time.

  • Fibre

Many of those diagnosed with IBS are recommended to change the amount of fibre in their diet. Your GP should advise on fibre intake, including how your intake should be made up of soluble fibre and insoluble fibre.

  • Low FODMAP diet

A low FODMAP diet restricts the intake of various foods that start to ferment in the gut relatively quickly, potentially leading to bloating and other symptoms of IBS. A low FODMAP diet can restrict some fruits, vegetable, wheat products, and beans.

  • Exercise

Adding exercise to daily routines can help relieve the symptoms of IBS. The NHS recommends that that moderate-intensity aerobic activity is undertaken for a minimum of 150 minutes each week.

  • Reducing stress

Stress has been linked to IBS and as a result, reducing the levels of stress can help relieve the symptoms. Reducing stress can range from undertaking exercise to attending counselling.

  • Medication

Your doctor may also prescribe medication that can help manage the symptoms of IBS. These could include antispasmodics to reduce abdominal pain, laxatives to relieve constipation, antimotility to relieve diarrhoea, and low-dose antidepressants to reduce cramping.

  • Psychological treatments

If lifestyle and diet changes or medication hasn’t relieved the symptoms of IBS, a doctor may recommend psychotherapy treatments that aim to better control the condition. Treatments that may be offered include psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and hypnotherapy.

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How can irritable bowel syndrome be misdiagnosed?

There is no definitive test that can be conducted for IBS. This means that cases of misdiagnosis or irritable bowel syndrome do occur.

Due to the lack of a conclusive test, an IBS diagnosis relies on your doctor effectively ruling out other potential causes and monitoring your symptoms. Where this hasn’t occurred or your symptoms have been dismissed a wrong irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis can happen.

Failure to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome isn’t life threatening but that doesn’t mean that those responsible for the medical negligence can’t be held to account. A delay in irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis can cause pain to those suffering with the undiagnosed suffering and severely affect their daily lives and routine without any treatment to control the symptoms.

It’s also possible for irritable bowel syndrome misdiagnosis cases to happen when IBS has been blamed for other underlying conditions. In some cases, these other conditions may be more serious and require urgent medical treatment but an inaccurate diagnosis means this isn’t delivered. If you’ve been misdiagnosed with IBS when another condition was to blame for your symptoms, you may also be able to make a delay in diagnosis compensation claim.

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What conditions can IBS be misdiagnosed as?

The symptoms of IBS are similar to many other medical conditions, which can lead to a GP misdiagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome occurring more likely. In most cases, a misdiagnosis can be corrected through tests being ordered to achieve an accurate diagnosis. But there are cases of doctor misdiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome and the condition wrongly being linked to other medical reasons.

Late irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis may happen if your symptoms mimic another condition, including:

  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gastrointestinal infections
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What are the "red flags" symptoms of IBS?

It is vital that you should be referred to secondary care for further investigation if you report to your doctor any of the following “red flag” symptoms:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Iron-deficiency anaemia (IDA)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A family history of colon cancer
  • Fever
  • Age of symptoms onset after age 50

How often is IBS misdiagnosed?

There aren’t any official irritable bowel syndrome misdiagnosis statistics to measure the scope of the problem. But according to some experts, millions of sufferers could be misdiagnosed by their GP.

Preventing IBS misdiagnosis

When IBS is misdiagnosed, a more serious condition is being missed, which can lead to severe, life-changing consequences for the patient.

Because there is no consistent biological ‘marker’ for precisely diagnosing IBS, a doctor will rely on trying to understand the symptoms to make a clinical diagnosis.

Symptoms of IBS may also vary amongst patients and other conditions can overlap with those of IBS. Some doctors might conclude that IBS is the most likely cause of the symptoms presented and, thereby, exclude other more serious causes.

To more rule out other causes, a doctor should refer a patient for the following tests:

  • FBC (Full Blood Count) – commonly used to count the number of red cells, white cells and platelets present.
  • ESR and CRP (C-Reactive) - blood tests commonly used to detect the increase in protein markers of inflammation.
  • Antibody blood testing for Coeliac disease.
  • Colonoscopy – examination to detect colon polyps and cancer.
  • Lactose Breath Test - to confirm the diagnosis of lactose into lerance.
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What are the statistics on IBS?

IBS is a common condition in the UK, with around one in five people affected at some point in their life. It most commonly first occurs between the ages of 20 and 30 and affects twice as many women.

Among those diagnosed with IBS around 40% are considered to have only mild symptoms of the condition, while 25% experience severe IBS.

  • IBS affects around one in ten of the UK population - females are affected more frequently than males. (UK community surveys)
  • One in ten people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - including Crohn's and ulcerative colitis - were initially misdiagnosed with IBS. (United European Gastroenterology, 2014)
  • 3 percent of IBS misdiagnosis cases can persist for five or more years. (United European Gastroenterology, 2014)
  • Most cases of IBS are aged 20 - 30 and under the age of 50. (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders - IFFGD)
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If you’ve experienced irritable bowel syndrome misdiagnosis you may be able to make a compensation claim. To be successful you must be able to prove that your misdiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome was the result of medical negligence and caused you undue suffering.

Misdiagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome can cause those suffering a severe amount of pain as they’re not taking the necessary medication or steps to improve the condition. Those that are affected by IBS should be able to rely on those responsible for their care to take all the necessary steps and where this hasn’t happened a misdiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome lawsuit can help reflect how you’ve been let down.

There are lots of different ways that you can demonstrate medical negligence to support your irritable bowel syndrome malpractice case, such as:

  • Your GP failing to act on your symptoms
  • Failing to rule out other potential conditions through tests
  • Lack of investigating for other symptoms associated with IBS
Read less

In some cases, patients have been diagnosed with IBS when another underlying condition is to blame. You may be able to make a compensation case if this has happened to you, particularly if the delay in diagnosis and treatment has meant the condition has worsened. If you’re unsure if you have a misdiagnosis case, our expert team are on hand to listen to your questions and offer you advice. 

Misdiagnosis compensation claims are all different and this is reflected in the amount of compensation awarded. Without fully understanding your experiences and how the misdiagnosis has affected you, we can’t say how much compensation your case could be worth. But our team of expert lawyers are on hand to place a value on your claim.

All medical negligence compensation claims take a range of factors into account, from the extent of your injury and suffering to additional care, travel expenses and lost earnings. When you instruct us, we’ll take the time to listen to you, allowing us to give your case a value that reflects your experience.

While we can’t say how much misdiagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome compensation you could receive, the NHS does pay out millions every year to those affected by medical negligence, including those who were misdiagnosed. If you have a claim that you would like to investigate, we can offer you the help and support you need.

Read less

IBS is a common, long-term condition that affects the digestive system. It typically first appears in people between the age of 20 and 30 and affects more women than men. The symptoms of IBS can vary hugely between sufferers, which can mean it’s difficult to diagnose and has led to misdiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome stories. 

Often the condition is lifelong, but many of those diagnosed find that symptoms improve over several years as they learn to live with it. It’s is thought that up to 20% of people are affected by IBS at some point in their lives.

Read less

The exact causes of IBS are unknown but it has been linked to problems related to the digestion and increased sensitivity in the gut. Diet, infections, and inflammation have also been suggested to cause IBS. There has also been evidence to suggest that IBS is related to psychological factors, stress and anxiety in particular.

Many people that have been diagnosed with IBS find that certain food and drinks can trigger their symptoms. While these vary between sufferers, common triggers include:

  • Alcohol
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Processed snacks
  • Fatty or fried foods
Read less

Occasionally, IBS has been linked to medical treatment, including due to the results of surgical error, side effects of certain prescriptions, or negligent treatment during a colonoscopy.

It can be difficult to prove if negligent treatment has caused or triggered IBS but where it has occurred it may be possible to make a compensation claim.

Read less

There are common symptoms that are associated with IBS but these vary widely from person to person. Typically, IBS sufferers have a flare-up of symptoms that last a few days before easing, although they may not disappear entirely, and commonly they worsen after eating.

The most common IBS symptoms are:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • A change in your bowel habits
  • Bloating and swelling of your stomach
  • Excessive wind
  • Occasionally experiencing an urgent need to go to the toilet
  • A feeling that you have not fully emptied your bowels after going to the toilet

There are also other problems that are often associated with IBS, including:

  • A lack of energy
  • Feeling sick
  • Backache
  • Bladder problems
  • Pain during sex
  • Incontinence

The symptoms and signs of IBS can often mimic those of other conditions and as a result missed irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis can occur. You should be able to rely on those responsible to take all the steps necessary to achieve an accurate diagnosis and where this hasn’t happened you may be able to make a failure to diagnose claim.

Read less

IBS doesn’t cause any obvious detectable abnormalities in the digestive system. For this reason, there aren’t any specific tests that your doctor can order to achieve a diagnosis.

Instead, you GP will assess your symptoms and how long you have experienced them for. If your doctor suspects you may have IBS, they will order tests to rule out other potential conditions, such as celiac disease or an infection. If your symptoms indicate that a more serious condition could be causing the signs, such as cancer, further testing will also be undertaken.

The common symptoms and the fact that there is no definitive test means that it can be easy for undiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome to occur. An accurate diagnosis relies on a GP taking all the necessary steps and recognising the symptoms of the condition in order to avoid a wrong diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome.

Read less

IBS cannot be cured. Often the symptoms of IBS can be managed with changes to lifestyle and diet but medication and psychological treatments may also be used. Due to the varied symptoms, each patient will need a different treatment plan that is tailored to their needs.

The NHS lists several different treatment options for those that have been diagnosed with IBS:

  • Diet

Those that have been diagnosed with IBS are often advised to keep a food diary. This is because each person will have different triggers and writing down intake and symptoms can help identify which foods may need to be avoided. However, it’s possible for triggers to change over time.

  • Fibre

Many of those diagnosed with IBS are recommended to change the amount of fibre in their diet. Your GP should advise on fibre intake, including how your intake should be made up of soluble fibre and insoluble fibre.

  • Low FODMAP diet

A low FODMAP diet restricts the intake of various foods that start to ferment in the gut relatively quickly, potentially leading to bloating and other symptoms of IBS. A low FODMAP diet can restrict some fruits, vegetable, wheat products, and beans.

  • Exercise

Adding exercise to daily routines can help relieve the symptoms of IBS. The NHS recommends that that moderate-intensity aerobic activity is undertaken for a minimum of 150 minutes each week.

  • Reducing stress

Stress has been linked to IBS and as a result, reducing the levels of stress can help relieve the symptoms. Reducing stress can range from undertaking exercise to attending counselling.

  • Medication

Your doctor may also prescribe medication that can help manage the symptoms of IBS. These could include antispasmodics to reduce abdominal pain, laxatives to relieve constipation, antimotility to relieve diarrhoea, and low-dose antidepressants to reduce cramping.

  • Psychological treatments

If lifestyle and diet changes or medication hasn’t relieved the symptoms of IBS, a doctor may recommend psychotherapy treatments that aim to better control the condition. Treatments that may be offered include psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and hypnotherapy.

Read less

There is no definitive test that can be conducted for IBS. This means that cases of misdiagnosis or irritable bowel syndrome do occur.

Due to the lack of a conclusive test, an IBS diagnosis relies on your doctor effectively ruling out other potential causes and monitoring your symptoms. Where this hasn’t occurred or your symptoms have been dismissed a wrong irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis can happen.

Failure to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome isn’t life threatening but that doesn’t mean that those responsible for the medical negligence can’t be held to account. A delay in irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis can cause pain to those suffering with the undiagnosed suffering and severely affect their daily lives and routine without any treatment to control the symptoms.

It’s also possible for irritable bowel syndrome misdiagnosis cases to happen when IBS has been blamed for other underlying conditions. In some cases, these other conditions may be more serious and require urgent medical treatment but an inaccurate diagnosis means this isn’t delivered. If you’ve been misdiagnosed with IBS when another condition was to blame for your symptoms, you may also be able to make a delay in diagnosis compensation claim.

Read less

The symptoms of IBS are similar to many other medical conditions, which can lead to a GP misdiagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome occurring more likely. In most cases, a misdiagnosis can be corrected through tests being ordered to achieve an accurate diagnosis. But there are cases of doctor misdiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome and the condition wrongly being linked to other medical reasons.

Late irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis may happen if your symptoms mimic another condition, including:

  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gastrointestinal infections
Read less

It is vital that you should be referred to secondary care for further investigation if you report to your doctor any of the following “red flag” symptoms:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Iron-deficiency anaemia (IDA)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A family history of colon cancer
  • Fever
  • Age of symptoms onset after age 50

There aren’t any official irritable bowel syndrome misdiagnosis statistics to measure the scope of the problem. But according to some experts, millions of sufferers could be misdiagnosed by their GP.

When IBS is misdiagnosed, a more serious condition is being missed, which can lead to severe, life-changing consequences for the patient.

Because there is no consistent biological ‘marker’ for precisely diagnosing IBS, a doctor will rely on trying to understand the symptoms to make a clinical diagnosis.

Symptoms of IBS may also vary amongst patients and other conditions can overlap with those of IBS. Some doctors might conclude that IBS is the most likely cause of the symptoms presented and, thereby, exclude other more serious causes.

To more rule out other causes, a doctor should refer a patient for the following tests:

  • FBC (Full Blood Count) – commonly used to count the number of red cells, white cells and platelets present.
  • ESR and CRP (C-Reactive) - blood tests commonly used to detect the increase in protein markers of inflammation.
  • Antibody blood testing for Coeliac disease.
  • Colonoscopy – examination to detect colon polyps and cancer.
  • Lactose Breath Test - to confirm the diagnosis of lactose into lerance.
Read less

IBS is a common condition in the UK, with around one in five people affected at some point in their life. It most commonly first occurs between the ages of 20 and 30 and affects twice as many women.

Among those diagnosed with IBS around 40% are considered to have only mild symptoms of the condition, while 25% experience severe IBS.

  • IBS affects around one in ten of the UK population - females are affected more frequently than males. (UK community surveys)
  • One in ten people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - including Crohn's and ulcerative colitis - were initially misdiagnosed with IBS. (United European Gastroenterology, 2014)
  • 3 percent of IBS misdiagnosis cases can persist for five or more years. (United European Gastroenterology, 2014)
  • Most cases of IBS are aged 20 - 30 and under the age of 50. (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders - IFFGD)
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