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Anil Minocha, MD, FACP, FACG, Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, USA.
Thomas Abell, MD, FACG, Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, USA.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in the older adult offers challenges for diagnosis and treatment; however, very little research has been done in this regard. IBS has significant impact on the quality of life, especially in frail individuals. The diagnostic criteria have not been validated in older subjects. Diagnostic strategy needs to be modified to account for the expanded list of differential diagnosis, including high prevalence of colorectal cancer. There is a lack of evidence related to the efficacy of the treatment regimens used. Therapy should focus on specific symptoms and be matched for the potential for side effects and drug interactions. The prognosis for IBS is excellent and in a majority of cases symptoms disappear within five years.
Key words: Irritable bowel syndrome, Functional bowel disorder, Rome II criteria, older adults, spastic colon