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How do you diagnose IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Rome 3 criteria

Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness.
Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress may be a factor. Rome 3 diagnostic criteria must 1st rule out inflammation, ischemia, & infection. See doc.

In brief: Rome 3 criteria

Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness.
Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress may be a factor. Rome 3 diagnostic criteria must 1st rule out inflammation, ischemia, & infection. See doc.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Clinical picture

Ibs can be diagnosed with the right clinical picture / symptoms with lack of alarm features (anemia, bleeding, wt loss, etc.
). Diagnostic symptoms - and pain in the setting of altered bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation) over a several month period.

In brief: Clinical picture

Ibs can be diagnosed with the right clinical picture / symptoms with lack of alarm features (anemia, bleeding, wt loss, etc.
). Diagnostic symptoms - and pain in the setting of altered bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation) over a several month period.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Dr. Jason Hemming
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Dr. Mila McManus
Family Medicine

In brief: Rule out other cause

Ibs is mostly a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that a full work up reveals nothing, and the patient is treated symptomatically.
I find that majority of ibs cases are du to overgrowth of yeast or other opportunistic bugs in the GI tract, in conjunction with food sensitivities. Start with adding a probiotic and eliminating grains and dairy products, as these are the most common food sensitiviities.

In brief: Rule out other cause

Ibs is mostly a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that a full work up reveals nothing, and the patient is treated symptomatically.
I find that majority of ibs cases are du to overgrowth of yeast or other opportunistic bugs in the GI tract, in conjunction with food sensitivities. Start with adding a probiotic and eliminating grains and dairy products, as these are the most common food sensitiviities.
Dr. Mila McManus
Dr. Mila McManus
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