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What is post-infective irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Some people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) say their symptoms appear to have started shortly after a bacterial infection, such as severe gastroenteritis. Doctors have recognized this as "post-infective IBS." There is evidence that, in at least some people, infection and inflammation may play key roles in the development of symptoms. Additionally, post-infective IBS appears to be more common in women and in people under high stress. Symptoms can linger for months to years after the infection and inflammation improve.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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