Contemporary Management of Irritable Bowel

March 2012
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by chronic abdominal pain and altered bowel habits in the absence of an identifiable organic cause. It is considered to be a functional disorder because there is no known cause or biological marker associated with the syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome is a common complaint that places a high burden on primary caregivers. It is more common in women than in men, and occurs primarily in younger rather than in older patients.The prevalence of IBS in North America is estimated to range from 10%–15%. The condition waxes and wanes; thus, the lifetime prevalence is much higher than the annual prevalence.
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