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What is the standard diagnostic guideline for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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The standard diagnostic guideline for IBS, called the Rome III criteria, requires that you have these symptoms for at least 12 weeks during the past 6 months. However, most doctors don't follow that requirement closely, so see a doctor whenever you have recurrent symptoms.

SOURCES: Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of the American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." Current Psychiatry Web site. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCES: Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of the American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." Current Psychiatry Web site. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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