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Irritable bowel syndrome and functional bowel disorders 

Irritable bowel syndrome and functional bowel disorders
Irritable bowel syndrome and functional bowel disorders

D.G. Thompson


November 26, 2012: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

A relevant case history from Oxford Case Histories in Gastroenterology and Hepatology has been added to this chapter.

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date: 24 September 2021

Case History—A 42 yr old woman presenting with increased bowel frequency, loose stools and urgency after treatment of Campylobacter sp..

Symptoms suggestive of disturbed lower gastrointestinal function without adequate explanation are very common in adults in the Western world, up to 15% of whom experience such symptoms at any one time, although most do not seek medical advice. It is not clear whether the symptoms of those individuals who do seek medical help have a different pathophysiological basis from those who do not, and whether the seeking of medical advice is more an indication of a worried individual than of disturbed gut function....

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