Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)??

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a chronic condition of the digestive system characterised by recurrent symptoms such as abdominal pain. It is estimated that 10 to 20% of the population has symptoms of IBS. IBS can sometimes interfere with activities of daily living (school, work etc) thus affecting quality of life for chronic sufferers.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

IBS symptoms include:

• Abdominal pain / cramps
• Diarrhea
• Constipation
• Abdominal bloating

How do you diagnose IBS?

Diagnosis of IBS requires a full medication evaluation – history taking, physical examination followed by investigations. As there is no specific diagnostic test for IBS, the choice of medical investigations (blood tests, scans) will depend on patient’s history and physical examination findings.

When should I see a specialist?

A visit to an IBS specialist (Gastroenterologist) is useful in the following situations:

• Diagnosis of IBS is uncertain
• There is a change in patient’s symptom
• Presence of alarm symptoms not typical of IBS such as weight loss, gastrointestinal bleeding (e.g. rectal bleeding), loss of appetite etc

Further tests may be required depending on the clinical suspicion such as CT scan, colonoscopy and others.

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