How many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) seek medical care?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Jenifer K Lehrer, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Of people with irritable bowel syndrome, approximately 10%-20% seek medical care. An estimated 20%-50% of gastroenterology referrals relate to this symptom complex. The incidence is markedly different among countries.


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