What are the Rome Criteria? November 30, 2015 10:00
A Family Doctor or IBS specialist will diagnose a patient’s symptoms based on standard criteria for distinguishing between different gastrointestinal disorders. In some countries this is referred to as the Rome Criteria**.
Here is what the Rome Criteria define Irritable Bowel Syndrome as:
“Recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort at least 3 days/month in the last 3 months associated with two or more of the following:
- Improvement with defecation
- Onset associated with a change in frequency of stool
- Onset associated with a change in form (appearance) of stool
Criterion fulfilled for the last 3 months with symptom onset at least 6 months prior to diagnosis “Discomfort” means an uncomfortable sensation not described as pain.”
*Please remember to always seek medical advice. This article is written generically about IBS and should not supersede any advice received by a medical professional about an individual condition. If you think you have IBS or any other condition get the advice of your Family Doctor especially before beginning or changing any course of medication.
**To find out more about a scale of severity for Irritable Bowel Syndrome please check out our other article on the topic.