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What Is Diarrhea Predominant IBS (IBS-D)?

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Updated May 23, 2014

Definition:

Diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) is a subtype of IBS in which the patient's primary symptom picture consists of frequent abdominal pain and urgent episodes of diarrhea.   Gas and bloating are common symptoms as well.  It is estimated that approximately one third of IBS patients would be classified as having IBS-D.

IBS is a functional gastrointestinal disorder in that there is no visible disease or injury to account for its symptoms.  IBS is also classified into two other sub-types:

 

Essential Reading from Dr. Bolen, Your IBS Guide:

 

Also Known As: Diarrhea-predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS-D

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