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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sudarshana Datta, MD [2]


Common risk factors in the development of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) include stress, anxiety, depression, history of IBD and acute gastrointestinal infections.

Risk Factors

Common risk factors in the development of IBS may be categorized as psychological, epidemiological, genetic, and infectious.

Common risk factors

Common risk factors in the development of IBS include:

Psychological risk factors:[1][2][3][4]

Psychiatric risk factors:[2][3][5][6]

  • History of physical or sexual abuse or adverse early life events

Past medical history

Less common risk factors


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