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Experts Call For Changes to the Way IBS Is Diagnosed

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The reanalysis, which was published in the journal Gastroenterology, analyzed existing criteria that are in place to help diagnose people with IBS.1 The researchers looked at data from two previous studies on IBS: One was a cross-sectional survey of 1,375 patients in the U.K.;2 the other was a diagnostic accuracy study of the Rome IV criteria that looked at data from 577 patients at a specialized IBS clinic in the U.K.3

After making some modifications for classifying IBS, the researchers found that 1,272 people (or 92.5%) who self-identified as having IBS met the Rome IV criteria for IBS while, in the second study, 452 (or about 79%) met the criteria.

The researchers found that some of the patients who did not meet the criteria had other health conditions, like exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative proctitis, and microscopic colitis.1

Overall, the researchers suggested that loosening the criteria could improve the accuracy of IBS diagnoses.


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