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Management of irritable bowel syndrome

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Mansfield


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The diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is made on clinical grounds with appropriate limited investigations to exclude organic disease. IBS is common and may have a significant impact on a patient's quality of life. Psychological symptoms are common. IBS may benefit from pharmacological and non-pharmacological management. Specific measures should be directed towards the dominant symptoms of constipation or diarrhoea. Several new drugs are currently under evaluation and may prove valuable for subgroups of patients with IBS. Successful management requires a combination of reassurance and explanation about the natural history of the condition.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mansfield JC; Gunn MC; Cavin AA

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Postgraduate Medical Journal

Year: 2003

Volume: 79

Issue: 929

Pages: 154-158

ISSN (print): 0032-5473

ISSN (electronic):


DOI: 10.1136/pmj.79.929.154