Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a problem with the intestines that causes pain or discomfort in the stomach area. Pain may occur alone or with constipation or diarrhea. Other symptoms can include bloating, mucus in the stool, or a feeling that the bowel has not completely emptied. In most cases, it is not clear what causes it. Some believe IBS is caused by stress, anxiety, or problems with the way the brain communicates with the digestive tract. Sufferers often find relief through changing their diets. IBS is part of a larger group of conditions known as inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD.
UAB Medicine is known worldwide as a leading center for digestive and liver disorders. Our gastroenterology and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery program is consistently recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report. We see more than 20,000 patients and perform more than 12,000 outpatient procedures each year.
UAB has a notable history in this medical specialty. Basil Hirschowitz, MD – who founded our program more than 50 years ago – was the inventor of the endoscope, a tubular, flexible instrument equipped with a tiny camera that is used to look deep inside the body. His invention revolutionized gastroenterology and GI surgery care. Our interventional endoscopy group, which includes endoscopic ultrasound technology, is one of the busiest in the country and has grown to become one of the most respected programs of its kind.
UAB continues to lead the advancement of gastroenterology with many active research trials that offer the latest in drug therapy and treatment for digestive disorders. Our physicians and scientists are searching for causes and cures for many illnesses through basic research, including studies of the bacteria that inhabit our intestines and affect our health.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials