4 Things to Know About Functional Bowel Disorder Patients

Researchers set out to separately classify functional bowel disorders in a recent study. Here are four things to know about the characteristics on functional bowel disorder patients, according to Medscape's report.  

The researchers examined 3,656 patients with lower GI symptom data. Of these patients, 1,551 met the criteria for functional bowel disorder.

•    Diarrhea-predominant IBS patients tended to be younger. It presented more often in females and patients who met criteria for anxiety and somatisation-type behavior, when compared to functional diarrhea.  
•    Constipation-predominant IBS patients tended to be younger, female, unmarried and reported anxiety symptoms and somatisation-type behavior.
•    One in five chronic idiopathic constipation patients reported abdominal pain or discomfort.
•    All constipation symptoms were more common in constipation-predominant IBS patients.

The researchers concluded that the Rome III classification system does not fully describe unique subsets of functional bowel disorder patients.

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