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The Lower GI Tract and its Common Functional Disorders:

IBS, Chronic Functional Abdominal Pain, Bloating and Gas, Constipation, Diarrhea

The term "functional" as used in medicine, generally is taken to mean symptoms not accompanied by demonstrable abnormalities on physical examination, blood tests, x-rays, biopsies, endoscopies or other procedures. An overview of common disorders that affect the colon.

Topics: Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Diarrhea, loose stools, Fact Sheet, Gas, Bloating, Belching, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lower Abdominal Pain, Pelvic Pain

About the Author

  • David S. Greenbaum

    Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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