oa South African Family Practice - Diagnosis and treatment of the irritable bowel syndrome : review article

Volume 47, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2005;47(4) 22 Introduction Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common conditions encountered in family practice, accounting for about 12% of general practice visits. The incidence of IBS in western communities varies from 10- 15%, with a female to male ratio of 2:1.1 The incidence of IBS varies minimally with age. It is most important when diagnosing IBS in the patient above 45- 50 years of age that organic disease is excluded with appropriate tests. Only 30% of patients with IBS symptoms seek health care. Patients with IBS have a significantly impaired quality of life, ..

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