Recent Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Oliver Grundmann


IBS remains a highly prevalent functional bowel disorder that is characterized by dysfunctional bowel movement. Current treatment approaches are mainly symptomatic. In the past years, a number of diagnostic criteria have been discovered that may provide further insights in the pathogenesis, potential triggers, and pathophysiology of IBS. With these newly available tools at hand, new treatment approaches may arise that provide targeted relief of IBS symptoms and may even help to treat the underlying disease itself. The editorial summarizes new treatment approaches and diagnostic tools and points to further developments that are necessary to advance patient care.

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