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Gut Motility: In Health and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What are normal movements (motility) of the digestive tract? How may altered motility lead to symptoms? Disorders affecting the motility of the digestive tract may be self-limiting, occurring only for a brief period as in acute infection of the digestive tract causing diarrhea. They can also be more longstanding and persistent as in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is associated with a variety of symptoms, particularly abdominal pain and an irregular bowel habit.

Topics: Digestive System, Fact Sheet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Motility

About the Author

  • John E. Kellow, MD

    Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney; Director, Gastrointestinal Investigation Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia

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