Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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5 key questions for patients to help diagnose IBS

December 5, 2017

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common gastrointestinal condition, affecting approximately 30 million people in the United States. The hallmark of this condition is change in bowel movements, such as diarrhea, constipation or slow-moving stools. Other symptoms include abdominal pain and cramping, fatigue and more. IBS can be treated by diet or lifestyle changes, medications, or probiotics.

However, many IBS symptoms can be confused with those of more serious conditions, such as Crohn’s disease or colon cancer. To guide proper treatment, it is essential to make a differential diagnosis as soon as possible. According to Jack Braha, DO, a practitioner at Brooklyn Gastroenterology and Endoscopy, asking five important “alarm questions” based on the ROME criteria for IBS can help make this important distinction.

In the Journals

Low FODMAPS offers superior symptom relief in IBS-D vs. general dietary advice

November 29, 2017
Both low FODMAP diet and general dietary advice offered improved gastrointestinal symptoms at 6 weeks in patients with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea, though low…

RNA blood test for diagnosing IBD, IBS launched

November 21, 2017
Life science technology company IQuity announced the launch of IsolateIBS-IBD, a blood test that can diagnose inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome by…
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VIDEO: IBS-C shows ‘substantial burden,’ available treatments insufficient

November 2, 2017
ORLANDO — In this exclusive video from the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017, Eamonn M.M. Quigley, MD, MACG, professor of medicine at Weill…
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Ace the Case: 32-Year-Old Male Originally Diagnosed with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) genotype 1a (G1a) in 2012 and Relapsed

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