The Many Faces of IBS,
UC and an Ileal Pouch

About IBS, UC and Ileal Pouch

VSL#3 is a probiotic medical food for the dietary management of IBS, ulcerative, colitis and an ileal pouch, used under medical supervision and dispensed by a pharmacist.  Please consult your HealthCare Professional to find out if VSL#3 is the right probiotic for you.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects between 25 to 45 million people in the United States (10 to 15% of the population).
  • IBS is the most common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder in the U.S.
  • 60% to 65% who report IBS are female; 35% to 40% are male.
  • 7% of elementary school children and 14% of kids in high school have IBS.
  • Most people with IBS are under the age of 50. But many older adults suffer as well.
  • The exact cause of IBS is not known.
  • Symptoms may result from a disturbance in the way the gut, brain and nervous system interact. This can cause changes in normal bowel movement and sensation.

Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

  • Ulcerative colitis may affect as many as 700,000 Americans.
  • Men and women are equally likely to be affected.
  • Most people are diagnosed in their mid-30s.
  • The disease can occur at any age and older men are more likely to be diagnosed than older women.
  • Studies show that up to 20% of people with ulcerative colitis will also have a close relative with the disease.
  • The disease is more common among white people of European origin and among people of Jewish heritage.


Ileal Pouch

  • An ileal pouch is a surgically created chamber made up of a portion of the lower part of the ileum, the last (lowest) part of the small intestine.
  • The ileal pouch generally connects to the rectum with the muscles of this area left intact (the anus) to allow continuation of bowel control.
  • The ileal pouch acts as a reservoir with the goal being a return to regular bowel habits despite removal of the large intestine
  • A surgeon will need to perform an ileostomy in about 5-10% of cases because the patient’s rectal muscles are not strong enough for an anastomosis.
  • There are no symptoms of ileal pouch. It is the result after all treatment options have failed and the digestive disorder has progressed beyond pharmacological treatment.

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