Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 287–291

Postinfectious irritable bowel syndrome

  • Kok-Ann Gwee
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11938-001-0053-z

Cite this article as:
Gwee, K. Curr Treat Options Gastro (2001) 4: 287. doi:10.1007/s11938-001-0053-z

Opinion statement

  • Postinfectious irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS) should be considered in patients who present with a change in bowel habits or an onset of new abdominal pain or discomfort following a recent confirmed or presumed exposure to infectious organisms, or in those who have recently returned from a tropical or developing country.

  • In patients who are greatly distressed by their symptoms, an extended workup early in the course of their illness may give physician and patient confidence in focusing on IBS.

  • The author favors a proactive, multicomponent approach to management, as it gives the physician and patient a sense of control.

  • Treatment should include stress management, dietary advice to minimize exposure to trigger foods, and pharmacotherapy to alleviate anxiety and target disturbed physiology.

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© Current Science Inc 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kok-Ann Gwee
    • 1
  1. 1.Glenealges HospitalSingapore