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Gastroenterol Rep. 2007 Winter;1(2):56-65.

All Roads Lead to Rome: Update on Rome III Criteria and New Treatment Options.

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Cedars-Sinai Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles.


The recently published Rome III criteria reflect current understanding of functional gastrointestinal disorders. These criteria include definitions of these conditions and their pathophysiologic subtypes and offer guidelines for their management. At the 2006 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, a panel of experts discussed these criteria as they pertain to irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, and chronic constipation. This article reviews the panel's findings, highlights the differences between the Rome II and III criteria, and summarizes best treatment options currently available to practitioners and their patients.


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