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What is the Rome IV Criteria?

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The Rome IV Criteria is a set of standard symptoms your doctor uses to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome.

Your belly pain needs to have been a problem for at least 6 months. And in the last 3 months, you'll have noticed it at least 1 day per week. You also need to have two of these symptoms:

�Your belly pain is related to a bowel movement.

�When you have pain or discomfort, your bowel movements are either more or less frequent than usual.

�Your stools look different and are harder or softer than usual when you have pain or discomfort.

SOURCES:

Henderson, P. and DiPalma, J. , March 2011. Southern Medical Journal

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Pimentel, M. , May 2015. PLoS ONE

News release, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

IBSChek.com.

Rana, S. and Malik, A. June 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology,

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 16, 2017

SOURCES:

Henderson, P. and DiPalma, J. , March 2011. Southern Medical Journal

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Pimentel, M. , May 2015. PLoS ONE

News release, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

IBSChek.com.

Rana, S. and Malik, A. June 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology,

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 16, 2017

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