Update - Irritable bowel syndrome

Pofessor Nicholas J Talley, MD, PhD, FRACP
Professor of Medicine, University of Newcastle, NSW.

INTRODUCTION
THERE has been a quiet revolution in the way irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is now conceptualised, and management is changing accordingly.1

IBS has a very characteristic, almost unmistakable symptom profile characterised by abdominal pain or discomfort that is relieved by defaecation. It may also be associated with a change in stool frequency or form when the

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