IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is also known as a spastic colon. It affects 1 in 7 women and 2 in 10 men. It is a chronic condition with fluctuating symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
• Diarrhoea.
• Constipation.
• Cramping abdominal pain.
• Mucous production.
• Abnormal consistency of stools.
• Bloating.
• Tiredness.
• Weakness.
• Difficulty concentrating.
• Often associated with symptoms of dyspepsia.
If these symptoms occur, further investigations are usually required. There is no specific test to diagnose IBS. To make a diagnosis of IBS your doctor should take a history, examine you, and arrange routine and some specific blood tests. It is very important to exclude other gastrointestinal diseases which have completely different therapies. Usually other investigations such as the following are required:
• Stool cultures.
• Gastroscopy with small bowel biopsy.
• Colonoscopy with biopsy and examination of the end of the small bowel (terminal ileum).
Other diseases that can mimic IIBS include:
• Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease.
• Lactose intolerance.
• Chronic parasitic infections.
• Microscopic colitis.
• Gastric and duodenal ulcers.
At the end of the above investigations you and your doctor should be confident of the diagnosis of IBS. There are many forms of treatment for IBS but there is no specific cure. Treatment is directed at:
• Education about the cause of symptoms.
• The precipitating factors.
• Treating specific symptoms.

OUR SPECIALISTS

Dr. Eric Wegman
Dr. Eric Wegman
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist - MB BS(Hons) UNSW, PhD USyd, FRACP, GIA(cert)
Dr. Philip Chang
Dr. Philip Chang
Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist
MBBS, MMed, FRACP
Dr. Jelica Kurtovic
Dr. Jelica Kurtovic
Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist
BSc(Med)MB.BS, FRACP
Ass. Prof. Alan Meagher
Ass. Prof. Alan Meagher
Colorectal surgeon
MB BS (UNSW), FRACS
Dr. Emily He
Dr. Emily He
Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist
MPH, MB BS, FRACP
Dr. Michael Hennessy
Dr. Michael Hennessy
Eye Physician and Surgeon
BMedSc., MB BS, MBiomedE., FRACO. (Ophthalmic)
Dr. Shing Wong
Dr. Shing Wong
Colorectal Surgeon, Senior Lecturer, Programme of Surgery, PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL
MBBS(Hons) FRACS MS (Colorectal) GradCertULT
Ass. Prof. Matthew Morgan
Ass. Prof. Matthew Morgan
Colorectal & General Surgery
MB BS (USYD) FRACS

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