Irritable Bowel Syndrome

by Carlo Raj, MD

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    Here we have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Students when taking an exam and trying to differentiate irritable bowel syndrome from another term that often has the same acronym and shares one; and many times during studying, people just stick to acronyms and forget as to what it actually stands for. It's Irritable Bowel Sydrome, do not confuse this with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. So Irritable bowel syndrome in terms of the pathogenesis is, well, it's interesting, mysterious, idiopathic, more or less psychological. Irritable bowel syndrome meaning exactly that is that the bowel system is being irritated to the point where sometimes your patient might have times of diarrhea, other times it might be times of constipation. Completely different than that of Inflammatory bowel disease. So what is Irritable bowel syndrome? Chronic abdominal pain, altered bowel habits, I'll pause here for one second. Your patient may present with constipation, your patient may present with diarrhea, in the absence of all structural disorders. Always a diagnosis, always a diagnosis of exclusion. Bowel habits a either combination of alternating constipation and diarrhea or predominantly one or the other. You never know what you're going to get. The abdominal pain is relieved after bowel is moving. So what exactly is causing this? Well, there might be psychological issues. And by that we mean, stress. Management Well if there is constipation, high fiber diet. It all depends as to how your patient is presenting, remember? Anti–spasmodics if it's diarrhea. Anti–motility agents if it's diarrhea. Anti–depressants. Remember I told you, psychologic issues so there might be stress involved here which then causes altered bowel habits. Irritable Bowel Syndrome....

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    The lecture Irritable Bowel Syndrome by Carlo Raj, MD is from the course Small and Large Intestine Diseases.

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    1. Stress
    2. Old age
    3. Type A personality
    4. Smoking
    5. Decreased fiber intake
    1. Blood in stool
    2. Diarrhea
    3. Constipation
    4. Frequent bowel reflexes
    5. Abdominal pain
    1. Psychotherapy
    2. Azathioprine
    3. Sulphasalazine
    4. Increased fiber content
    5. Antibiotics
    1. Irritable bowel syndrome is also known as inflammatory bowel disease.
    2. The patient can present with alternating episodes of constipation or diarrhea.
    3. Antimotility agents are helpful in treating a diarrheal type of inflammatory bowel disease.
    4. Psychological stress is a risk factor for inflammatory bowel disease.
    5. Inflammatory bowel disease is a diagnosis of exclusion.

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     Carlo Raj, MD

    Carlo Raj, MD

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    Rome Criteria III
    By Hamed S. on 09. March 2017 for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    It would have been useful to go over the Rome III criteria to have an appreciation of the diagnostic criteria. Moreover, it would be extremely beneficial to cover the red flags