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NICE simplify IBS guidelines

29th February 2008

New guidelines for simple diagnostic criteria for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have been published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

The guidelines aim to trigger a move away from a scenario centred on ruling out other disease before diagnosing IBS and is designed to reduce unnecessary investigations. The guidance says that IBS should be considered in patients with abdominal pain, discomfort relieved by emptying the bowels or altered frequency or stool form although those with red flag indicators such as unexpected weight loss should be referred to secondary care for investigation.

 

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