Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: Novel Insights and Treatments

, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.


Medscape General Medicine. 1999;1(3) 

In This Article


Functional gastrointestinal disorders are commonly encountered disturbances of gut function that are characterized by symptoms arising in the mid and lower gut. This article will review control of gut sensorimotor functions relevant to the functional disorders; define functional bowel diseases and describe their economic burden and impact; review the pathophysiology of these conditions; and discuss novel pharmacologic approaches for controlling motor and sensory dysfunction.