Irritable bowel syndrome: diagnosis and management

BMJ. 2006 Feb 4;332(7536):280-3. doi: 10.1136/bmj.332.7536.280.


Irritable bowel syndrome is often dismissed as just being a nuisance rather than anything more serious, but its symptoms can seriously diminish a patient's quality of life. When the disease is better understood and treatment is tailored to the individual patient, it can often be rewarding to manage

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Humans
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome* / diagnosis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome* / etiology
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome* / therapy
  • Physical Examination / methods
  • Prognosis
  • Quality of Life
  • Recurrence
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology
  • Stereotyping
  • Stress, Psychological