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Corsetti M, Whorwell PJ. Managing irritable bowel syndrome in primary care. 2015; 259 (1783):21-24

Managing irritable bowel syndrome in primary care

22 Jun 2015Pais-up subscribers

The classic symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are abdominal pain, bloating and some form of bowel dysfunction. The abdomen feels flat in the morning and then gradually becomes more bloated as the day progresses reaching a peak by late afternoon or evening. Rectal bleeding, a family history of malignancy and a short history in IBS should always be treated with suspicion. Both pain and bowel dysfunction are often made worse by eating. It is recommended that a coeliac screening test is undertaken to rule out this condition.

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