Curbside Consultation in IBS: 49 Clinical Questions

Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD

Question 24: What is the Relationship between GERD and IBS? (continued)

Ronnie Fass, MD, FACP, FACG; Tiberiu Hershcovici, MD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are 2 disorders commonly found in the general population. The prevalence of IBS in North America ranges from 3% to 20%, with most prevalence estimates ranging from 10% to 15%. GERD is also highly prevalent. Population- based studies demonstrate that 32% to 57% of the general adult population in Western countries had typical GERD- related symptoms within the past year. The community prevalence of weekly heartburn ranges from 10% to 21%. Interestingly, both GERD and IBS are less common in Asia than in Western populations…