Studies of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

IBS is a chronic functional bowel disorder that is characterized by abdominal pain and changes in bowel frequency or consistency such as constipation or diarrhea.

Who is affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Up to 10% of men and women in the United States are affected with IBS. IBS accounts for over 2 million office visits each year and is the 4th most expensive gastrointestinal disorder in the United States.

What causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

What is the treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

IBS treatment focuses on symptom management. Common pharmacological agents include anti-diarrheals, laxatives, bulk-forming agents, and anti-spasmodics.

Other treatments use behavioral approaches to increasing awareness of events that trigger or make symptoms worse. Clinicians often work with patients to increase periods of relaxation, adjust the diet, and identify thoughts and beliefs that tend to trigger symptoms.

If you have been diagnosed with IBS by your healthcare provider, you may be eligible to participate in a research study that is aimed at managing IBS symptoms effectively.

For more information visit our research page or call 206-685-5660.