Clinical Implications of Diagnosing Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Do All Roads Need to Lead to Rome?

Daniel Keszthelyi, Yehuda Ringel*

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Abstract

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common diagnoses made by healthcare providers. Yet the majority of patients with IBS are undiagnosed. The study by Sayuk et al. allows insight into the characteristics of different patient groups, e.g., with and without a formal diagnosis of diarrhea predominant IBS (IBS-D). We discuss the questions raised by this study regarding the importance of making a confident diagnosis, conveying it to patients and their implications for clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-902
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume112
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Keywords

  • FUNCTIONAL GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS
  • HEALTH-CARE-SEEKING
  • UNITED-STATES
  • PREVALENCE
  • ATTITUDES
  • MANAGEMENT
  • PREDICTORS
  • DYSPEPSIA
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • BEHAVIOR

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