New Lab Testing Options to Evaluate IBS-D Patients
December 2017 - Vol. 6 No. 10 - Page #2

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a nonspecific disorder of the large intestine characterized by bloating, cramping, diarrhea, and/or constipation. A common condition affecting 10% to 20% of the world’s population, IBS is the second highest cause of work absenteeism after the common cold, and contributes to 25% to 50% of all GI referrals. As of June 2016, IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D) is diagnosed using the Rome IV criteria,1 which consists exclusively of patient symptoms including weekly recurrent abdominal pain in the last three months accompanied by at least two of the following:

  • Pain during defecation
  • Change in frequency of stool
  • Change in form or appearance of stool

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