Episode Four: IBD or IBS… or Both?

With Benjamin Levy, MD, Clinical Instructor of Medicine, and Mary Ayers, RN, Nurse Manager

Confusingly, similar acronyms describe two very different conditions of the lower GI tract: IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). IBD is often treated with biologic medical therapies that are infused, injected, or taken orally. IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a diagnosis of exclusion, and treatment includes a different set of medication options and dietary advice. Experts from the Digestive Diseases Center Benjamin Levy, MD, and Mary Ayers, RN, offer their insights into treating IBD and IBS…and how the two conditions may even overlap.

Visceral: Listen to Your Gut is a NEW podcast series from the GI Research Foundation: a deep dive into the latest research updates and treatment options for specific digestive diseases. Episodes are presented by physician-scientists and experts at the University of Chicago and feature compelling patient stories.

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