Gender differences in irritable bowel syndrome

Heather J. Chial, Michael Camilleri

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by abdominal discomfort or pain associated with changes in stool frequency and/or stool form. It is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in both primary care and gastroenterology clinics. IBS is associated with high health care costs, disability, work absenteeism, and significant morbidity. In this article, we review the gender differences in epidemiology, diagnostic criteria, physiology, psychological features, and responses to therapy of IBS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-45
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Gender-Specific Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Physiology


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