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Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2012 Mar;25(1):46-52. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1301759.

Irritable bowel syndrome: a review and update.

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Department of Gastroenterology, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana.


The understanding of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has undergone a rapid evolution with scientific advancement. IBS is a common functional bowel disorder that generates a significant health care burden and is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition. There are well-established diagnostic criteria and algorithms for the initial evaluation of patients presenting with the symptoms of IBS. The symptoms can be targeted for therapy with a variety of pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical agents. Therapy should be individualized for the patient, and the cornerstone for any effective treatment strategy should be the solid patient-physician relationship.


functional gastrointestinal disease; irritable bowel syndrome

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