Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Jamie Shalkow, MD, FACS; Jenifer K. Lehrer, MD


March 15, 2016

Postprandial urgency is common, as is alternation between constipation and diarrhea. Symptoms not consistent with IBS should alert the clinician to the possibility of an organic pathology. Inconsistent symptoms include the following:

  • Onset in middle or older age

  • Acute symptoms (IBS is defined by chronicity)

  • Progressive symptoms

  • Nocturnal symptoms

  • Anorexia or weight loss

  • Fever

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Painless diarrhea

  • Steatorrhea

  • Gluten intolerance

For more on the presentation of IBS, read here.


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