oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Irritable bowel syndrome : gastrointestinal tract
|Article Title||Irritable bowel syndrome : gastrointestinal tract|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||SA Pharmacist's Assistant|
|Affiliations||1 Amayeza Info Centre|
|Publication Date||Autumn 2012|
|Pages||35 - 36|
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, relapsing, and often life-long disorder of no identifiable cause that affects the digestive system. It is known by a variety of names, including spastic colon, spastic colitis, mucous colitis, nervous diarrhoea and nervous bowel. It is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition worldwide, affecting an estimated 10-20% of the general population, and is second only to the common cold as a cause of absence from work.
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