Gastroenterology Research and Practice

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Publishing date
01 Apr 2012
Submission deadline
01 Oct 2011

Lead Editor

1Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway

2Department of Internal Medicine, Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, 41345 Gothenburg, Sweden

3Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel

Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder with a population-based prevalence of 5-20%. It is characterized by long-lasting, sometimes lifelong, abdominal pain/discomfort and disturbed bowel function and affects people of all races and ages and both genders worldwide. The diagnosis is based on typical symptoms in the absence of structural or metabolic abnormalities that can explain the disorder and supported by a high prevalence of comorbidity. The symptom-based diagnostic criteria, called the Rome criteria, are accepted internationally and used for research and practice.

The care for patients with IBS is unsatisfactory despite rapidly increasing evidence-based knowledge. The pathophysiology of this “biopsychosocial” disorder relies on the hypotheses that genetic and environmental factors (infections, food, stress, abuse history, and other precipitating factors) cause gastrointestinal motor disturbances, visceral hypersensitivity, abnormal central processing of sensations, or psychological disturbances leading to symptoms. Ongoing trials to improve the care of these patients and to replace today's symptom-based diagnosis by positive tests based on biomarkers in the blood, faeces, and tissue suffer from insufficient understanding of the aetiology and pathophysiology. The heterogeneity of symptoms, signs, and treatment modalities could indicate that IBS is a variety of disorders. We are interested in articles (original research papers and reviews) that involve all aspects of IBS. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Genetics
  • Epidemiological studies (gender, age, races, culture, family, geography, duration, etc.)
  • Symptomatic subgroups (GI symptoms, comorbidity, self-limiting, etc.)
  • Food intolerance, allergy, infections, inflammation, and so forth
  • Comorbidities (pelvic pain, musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial problems, sleeping disturbances, etc.)
  • Pathophysiology of the gut (motor disturbances, hypersensitivity, intestinal permeability, inflammation, GI hormones, signalling, receptors, etc.)
  • Pathophysiology of the central nervous system (imaging, hormones, receptors, transmitters, etc.)
  • Brain-gut interaction
  • Diagnosis (symptoms, biomarkers in blood, tissue, and faeces, microbiota, etc.)
  • Differential diagnosis and overlapping conditions
  • Pharmacological and dietary treatment, psychosocial interventions, teaching, and an integrated approach
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 612479
  • - Editorial

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  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 606174
  • - Research Article

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  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 534204
  • - Clinical Study

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Linda Bjork Olafsdottir | Hallgrimur Gudjonsson | ... | Bjarni Thjodleifsson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 291452
  • - Clinical Study

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Psychiatric Disorders in Pakistan: A Case Control Study

Amna Subhan Butt | Mohammad Salih | ... | Saeed Hamid
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 343812
  • - Research Article

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Gastrointestinal Parasite Infection in a Developing Nation Environment

Douglas R. Morgan | Matthew Benshoff | ... | Rodolfo Peña
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 936960
  • - Clinical Study

Benefits from Long-Term Treatment in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Stefano Evangelista
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 157340
  • - Review Article

The Importance of Relationships in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Review

Mary-Joan Gerson | Charles D. Gerson
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