Curbside Consultation in IBS: 49 Clinical Questions

Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD

Question 23: Functional Dyspepsia and IBS: One Disease or Two? (continued)

Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD

Dyspepsia is a highly prevalent disorder that affects up to 25% of the general population. Dyspepsia affects men and women equally and occurs independently of race, religion, and socioeconomic status. Symptoms of dyspepsia include epigastric pain and/or discomfort, early satiety, postprandial fullness, bloating, and nausea. Dyspeptic symptoms may develop due to an organic process (peptic ulcer disease, gastritis, occult acid reflux); however, most patients with dyspeptic symptoms are ultimately diagnosed as having functional dyspepsia (FD).1 Functional dyspepsia is diagnosed after an…