The Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Martin H. Floch
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (TGEN)


The irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be defined as unexplained lower abdominal pain, constipation, or diarrhea. In children, recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) is a similar syndrome. Patients suffering from this disease have no organic pathology, therefore the word “unexplained” in the definition. Once organic pathology is demonstrated, such as diverticula of the colon or gastric ulcer, it is better not to ascribe the pain, constipation, or diarrhea as IBS.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patient Colonic Motility Recurrent Abdominal Pain Myoelectric Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin H. Floch
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and NutritionNorwalk HospitalUSA

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