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

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


March 15, 2016

A consensus panel created and then updated the Rome criteria to provide a standardized diagnosis for research and clinical practice. The Rome III criteria for the diagnosis of IBS require that patients have had recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort at least 3 days per month during the previous 3 months that is associated with two or more of the following:

  • Relieved by defecation

  • Onset associated with a change in stool frequency

  • Onset associated with a change in stool form or appearance

Supporting symptoms include the following:

  • Altered stool frequency

  • Altered stool form

  • Altered stool passage (straining and/or urgency)

  • Mucorrhea

  • Abdominal bloating or subjective distention

For more on the criteria for diagnosis of IBS, read here.


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