Gastrointestinal System - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal (GI) disorder characterized by recurrent abdominal pain, bloating, distension, cramping, constipation and/or diarrhea and flatulence (1). While the exact pathophysiology of IBS remains unknown, it has been proposed that disturbances in the intestinal nerves that affect motility and perception of intestinal stretching may result in symptoms. Gut motility analyses of individuals with IBS show variable transit times, with some
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Last Updated: 2018-07-24