2008 - Review: Combinations of clinical findings had moderate sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing the irritable bowel syndrome

Bursey, Ford
March 2009
ACP Journal Club;3/17/2009, Vol. 150 Issue 3, p11
Academic Journal
The article deliberates on the accuracy of individual symptoms and combinations of clinical findings for diagnosing the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Studies conducted compared individual symptoms or combinations of clinical findings with investigational tests like colonoscopy, barium enema or computed tomographic colography. Studies conducted reveal that combinations of clinical findings had moderate sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing IBS; individual symptoms had limited accuracy.


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