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Functional Dyspepsia and IBS: Incidence and Characteristics

Symptom overlap is common among several functional GI disorders. For instance, care must be taken not to confuse functional dyspepsia with other common disorders that may cause upper gastrointestinal distress, like heartburn, IBS, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), functional abdominal bloating, and functional biliary disorders. This article compares two common functional GI disorders - functional dyspepsia and IBS.

Topics: Dyspepsia, pain in upper abdomen or chest, Fact Sheet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

About the Authors

  • John E. Kellow, MD

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

  • Douglas A. Drossman, MD

    Drossman Gastroenterology, Chapel Hill, NC

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