Irritable bowel syndrome--a safe diagnosis?Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 285 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.285.6354.1533 (Published 27 November 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;285:1533
- K M Holmes,
- R H Salter
Seventy-seven of 84 surviving patients in whom the irritable bowel syndrome had been diagnosed at least six years previously were reviewed. A different diagnosis was made in only four cases. Forty-four patients remained symptomatic and 29 patients had no further bowel problems. The irritable bowel syndrome is often a chronic, relapsing disorder, and further investigations are not necessary unless symptoms change considerably.