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Alarm Sings and Symptoms

 

Classic ALARM features to note in suspected IBS are:


1- Unintentional weight loss of more than 10 lbs


2- Iron deficiency anemia


3- Family history of IBD, colorectal cancer, or celiac sprue


4- Rectal bleeding or presence of occult blood in the stool


5- Nocturnal diarrhea


6- High volume diarrhea > 300 ml /day


7- Age 50 or more at the onset of IBS symptoms


Presence of ALARM SYMPTOMS in IBS has a positive predictive value of 30% for structural GI disease.

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