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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unrecognized Severity

Unfortunately, irritable bowel is still regarded by both the medical profession and the unaffected population at large, as more of a nuisance than anything particularly serious. In addition, it is frequently dismissed as a purely psychological condition that should not be taken too seriously, especially as it is not life threatening. As a result of this rather negative perception, patients often feel stigmatized, trivialized, and isolated. A discussion of why individuals with IBS deserve more support from the medical community as well as improved therapeutic options. Reviewed 2009.

Topics: Fact Sheet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

About the Author

  • Peter J. Whorwell, MD

    Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

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