More tools available for treating IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not a new disorder, but understanding of its pathophysiology and treatment has greatly progressed over the years.

A cover story in the January ACP Internist reviewed recent guidelines on the best available evidence-based treatments for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Experts outlined first-line treatments for IBS, as recommended by the guidelines, and explained when (and how) to refer to gastroenterology or other specialty care.