A global perspective on irritable bowel syndrome: A consensus statement of the world gastroenterology organisation summit task force on irritable bowel syndrome

Eamonn M.M. Quigley, Hussein Abdel-Hamid, Giovanni Barbara, Shobna J. Bhatia, Guy Boeckxstaens, Roberto De Giorgio, Michel Delvaux, Douglas A. Drossman, Amy E. Foxx-Orenstein, Francisco Guarner, Kok Ann Gwee, Lucinda A. Harris, A. Pali S. Hungin, Richard H. Hunt, John E. Kellow, Igor L. Khalif, Wolfgang Kruis, Greger Lindberg, Carolina Olano, Joaquim P. Moraes-FilhoLawrence R. Schiller, Max Schmulson, Magnus Simrén, Christian Tzeuton

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Abstract

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is common in western Europe and North America, and many aspects of its epidemiology, risk factors, and natural history have been described in these regions. Recent data suggest, however, that IBS is also common in the rest of the world and there has been some evidence to suggest some differences in demographics and presenting features between IBS in the west and as it is experienced elsewhere. The World Gastroenterology Organization, therefore, established a Task Force comprising experts on the topic from all parts of the world to examine IBS from a global perspective. IBS does, indeed, seem to be common worldwide though with some significant variations in prevalence rates between regions and countries and there may well be some potentially interesting variations in presenting symptoms and sex distribution. The global map of IBS is far from complete; community-based prevalence data is not available from many areas. Furthermore, while some general trends are evident in terms of IBS impact and demographics, international comparisons are hampered by differences in diagnostic criteria, study location and methodology; several important unanswered questions have been identified that should form the basis for future collaborative research and have the potential to shed light on this challenging disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-366
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of clinical gastroenterology
Volume46
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

Keywords

  • Rome criteria
  • comorbidity
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • epidemiology
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • natural history
  • postinfectious irritable bowel syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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    Quigley, E. M. M., Abdel-Hamid, H., Barbara, G., Bhatia, S. J., Boeckxstaens, G., De Giorgio, R., Delvaux, M., Drossman, D. A., Foxx-Orenstein, A. E., Guarner, F., Gwee, K. A., Harris, L. A., Hungin, A. P. S., Hunt, R. H., Kellow, J. E., Khalif, I. L., Kruis, W., Lindberg, G., Olano, C., ... Tzeuton, C. (2012). A global perspective on irritable bowel syndrome: A consensus statement of the world gastroenterology organisation summit task force on irritable bowel syndrome. Journal of clinical gastroenterology, 46(5), 356-366. https://doi.org/10.1097/MCG.0b013e318247157c