Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. Because not everyone needs to seek care, population-based studies are needed to truly understand the epidemiology of IBS. About 10% of the population has IBS at any one time and about 200 people per 100,000 will receive an initial diagnosis of IBS over the course of a year. IBS patients are more frequently younger in age, and a female predominance has been observed in Western countries and tertiary care settings. IBS patients commonly report overlapping upper GI, as well as a variety of non-GI, complaints.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Gastroenterology Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Mar 2011|
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Natural history
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