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IBS: no longer the default diagnosis for something doctors don’t understand - BizNews

Jeffrey Roberts

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Jeffrey Roberts

BizNews spoke to Dr Mark Pimentel, a gastroenterologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder which has gained a reputation as a default ‘leftover’ diagnosis due to the medical fraternity’s inability to conclusively define or diagnose the condition. Pimentel, who created a test capable of conclusively diagnosing IBS caused by food poisoning, shared invaluable insight into his work. Spoiler alert: IBS is not, as previously defined by doctors, a psychosomatic disorder. It is a bacterial disorder, the discovery of which has elevated the landscape of IBS and its treatment.

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