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Guidelines on the Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Mechanisms and Practical Management

2007

R Spiller, Q Aziz, F Creed, A Emmanuel, L Houghton, P Hungin, R Jones, D Kumar, G Rubin, N Trudgill and P Whorwell

Introduction

These guidelines were compiled at the request of the Chairman of the Clinical Services Committee of the British Society of Gastroenterology. The committee’s aim was to provide a guide for the assessment and management of adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These patients comprise such a large proportion of gastroenterology outpatients that their streamlined and effective management would have a favourable effect on any gastroenterology department’s overall performance, and hence improve the management of all gastrointestinal diseases. There are many questions to be addressed...

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