There are a number of common gastrointestinal conditions, disorders and diseases that may cause problems. These include:
Chronic abdominal pain is a common problem. The vast majority of patients will have a functional disorder, most commonly irritable bowel syndrome or constipation. Initial workup/assessment is focused on differentiating benign, functional illness from organic pathology. The character of the bowel habit is an important part of the history for chronic abdominal pain. While many organic conditions result in chronic diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome may present with pain plus constipation (IBS-C) or an alternating bowel habit (diarrhoea and constipation, IBS-M).
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