Guest commentary: It’s time to deepen our understanding of abdominal pain in IBS

In this guest commentary, Eric D. Shah, MD, MBA, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, discusses his recent study on abdominal pain in irritable bowel syndrome and argues that stratifying patients could evolve past bowel habits alone.
Irritable bowel syndrome is defined by two cardinal symptoms: altered bowel habits and abdominal pain. We understand the first, altered bowel habits, pretty well. The Rome IV framework that we use to break down this complex disease and categorize treatments is, at its core, geared toward either reducing the number

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