On this page you will find accurate
and up-to-date descriptions of IBS.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Diagnostic criterion* Rome lll
Recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort** at least 3 days/month in the
3 months associated with two or more of the following:
1. Improvement with defecation
2. Onset associated with a change in frequency of stool
3. Onset associated with a change in form (appearance) of stool
* Criterion fulfilled for the last 3 months with symptom onset
at least 6 months prior to diagnosis
* “Discomfort” means an uncomfortable sensation not described as pain.
In pathophysiology research and clinical trials, a pain/discomfort
frequency of at least
2 days a week during screening evaluation is recommended for subject
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organization that provides support for activities designed to create scientific
data and educational information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of
functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs). Our mission is to improve the
lives of people with functional GI disorders.
Over the last 17 years, the Rome organization has sought to legitimize and
update our knowledge of the FGIDs. This has been accomplished by bringing
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critically appraise the science of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction.
This knowledge permits clinical scientists to make recommendations for diagnosis
and treatment that can be applied in research and clinical practice.
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Rome Foundation and Criteria for FGID's
Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Introduction to Functional GI Disorders and Irritable Bowel syndrome
Presenter Douglas A. Drossman, MD Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
Co-Director UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders
THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
IBS - Beyond the Bowel: The Meaning of Co-existing Medical Problems
Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D. and William E. Whitehead, Ph.D.
UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders
UNC-CH Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center (lots of
good information on a variety of issues)
Educational GI Handouts
What are FGIDs?