Expert Video - Why is IBS difficult to diagnose?

Jordan Shapiro, MD, MS, a gastroenterologist and irritable bowel syndrome expert, discusses the factors that can make IBS difficult to diagnose from both a patient and healthcare perspective. Some patients with IBS may not seek help from a healthcare provider, while some providers may not have the confidence or expertise to diagnose IBS. Finding a provider who is familiar with the criteria for diagnosing IBS can help avoid unnecessary testing. Although IBS can be difficult to diagnose, an accurate diagnosis is possible and will allow patients to move forward with treatment.

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