Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is a common disorder affecting up to 20% of women and 10% of men.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms
Its primary symptoms are abdominal pain with associated irregular bowel habits; either diarrhea, constipation or sometimes both. It does not lead to colon cancer or other life-threatening illness, but it can dramatically affect a patient’s quality of life.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diagnosis
No blood test or x-ray study can identify irritable bowel syndrome, but these tests may be used to help rule out other disorders with similar symptoms. Some patients may also require endoscopy or colonoscopy to help make the correct diagnosis.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment
Treatment of irritable bowel is directed at the patient’s main symptoms with diet and selected medications, as well as focusing on patient education.
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