Fiber Deficiency and the Irritable Colon Syndrome
It would be reasonable to question whether a discussion of the irritable colon syndrome should be included in this meeting. The thought is prompted not by any notion that the irritable colon is an unimportant condition, but rather from the difficulties in arriving at a universally acceptable definition of the disorder based upon objective criteria. This uncertainty leads to multiple difficulties in measurement—in being restricted to gross estimates of prevalence at different ages and in different populations, and in accommodating to great uncertainty about its epidemiology and its clinical course. As a result, hypotheses regarding etiology and therapy always have been difficult to validate.
KeywordsUlcerative Colitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diverticular Disease Colonic Motility Irritable Colon
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