Journal article

Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome

Chamara Basnayake

AUSTRALIAN PRESCRIBER | NATL PRESCRIBING SERVICE LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic functional gastrointestinal disorder that presents with abdominal pain related to defecation accompanied by a change in stool frequency or form Despite its impact on a patient’s quality of life it has no effect on mortality: A positive clinical diagnosis should be made if the characteristic symptoms are present and red flags are absent Red flags should prompt specialist referral: Consultations should be provided in an empathetic manner addressing the concerns of the patient while providing reassurance: Manipulating diet with the assistance of a dietitian is an appropriate initial treatment for irritable bowel syndrome A low-FODMAP diet is an effective..

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