Functional gastrointestinal
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Functional GI


Functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders are the most common GI disorders in human beings. In fact, about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have some activity limitation of daily function due to these disorders. The conditions account for about 41% of GI problems seen by doctors and therapists.

The term "functional" is generally applied to disorders where the body's normal activities in terms of the movement of the intestines, the sensitivity of the nerves of the intestines or the way in which the brain controls some of these functions is damaged.

However, there are no structural abnormalities that can be seen by endoscopy, x-ray, or blood tests. Therefore it is identified by the characteristics of the symptoms and rarely, when needed, limited tests. The Rome diagnostic criteria categorize the functional gastrointestinal disorders and define symptom based diagnostic criteria for each category.


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