Irritable bowel syndrome (CG61)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'irritable bowel syndrome in adults'
Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care
Recommendation 220.127.116.11 in this guideline has been partially updated by recommendation 18.104.22.168 in Ovarian cancer (NICE clinical guideline 122; published April 2011).
The advice in the NICE guideline covers the care of adults with irritable bowel syndrome, including:
- the support, treatment and advice people should be offered by their GP in diagnosing and helping to manage their irritable bowel syndrome
- circumstances when people need to be referred to a specialist for further tests.
It does not specifically look at:
- irritable bowel syndrome in children and young people under 18 years
- people with other gastrointestinal disorders such as non-ulcer dyspepsia (indigestion with no obvious cause) or coeliac disease.
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: irritable bowel syndrome in adults
This page was last updated: 27 February 2014
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- CG61 Irritable bowel syndrome: algorithm of IBS diagnosis and management within primary care
- Irritable bowel syndrome: online educational tool
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