Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) & Abdominal Pain

Rome III Diagnostic Criteria *   (esp. for research purposes):

Recurrent abdominal pain / discomfort for at least 3 days per month, over the last 3 months, associated with 2 or more of the following:

  • Improvement with defecation
  • Onset associated with change in frequency of stool
  • Onset associated with change in form (appearance) of stool

* Criteria must have been fulfilled for the last 3 months, but Symptom Onset required at least 6 months prior to diagnosis

Other criteria for IBS when chief complaint is diarrhea (Manning Criteria).

See postings Chronic Abdominal Pain and Chronic Diarrhea.