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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by chronic abdominal pain and alteration in the bowel movements (diarrhea and/or constipation) in the abscence of an organic cause. IBS is one of the more frequent problems in the clinical practice and it is responsible for approximately 30% of the consultations to the gastroenterologist. Its high prevalence indicates of the need of better understanding of the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, which are the focus of the present revision.



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