Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)—also referred to as spastic colon, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, nervous stomach, and irritable colon—affects nearly 20% of the adult population. It is a multifaceted functional disorder without any discrete structural abnormality or biochemical or organic cause. It occurs more frequently in women (14–24%) than in men (5–19%) and typically presents before 35 years of age. It is not life-threatening and does not contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel…

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