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    Who Is Affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common intestinal disorders, affecting about 7 to 10 out of 100 people in the world.1 But most people who have IBS don't see a doctor for their symptoms.

    IBS is twice as common in women as in men.1

    Citations

    1. American College of Gastroenterology (2009). An evidence-based position statement on the management of irritable bowel syndrome. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 104(Suppl 1): S1-S7.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerArvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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