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NMIC Bulletin Vol. 21 No. 4 Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

7 November, 2015

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterised by abdominal pain or discomfort and abnormal bowel habit in the absence of organic disease
  • The diagnosis of IBS is based on the presence of characteristic symptoms and the exclusion of organic disease
  • All patients with IBS should be given dietary and lifestyle advice
  • The need for pharmacotherapy should be determined by the patient’s symptoms and the availability of medicines with proven efficacy for these symptoms