La sindrome del colon irritabile nell'anziano

Translated title of the contribution: Irritable bowel syndrome in elderly people

L. Bierti, M. Gandelli, C. Vergani

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The irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is recorded in 3% of the elderly, with a greater prevalence in patients who live alone and who have a high value in the GDS (Geriatric Depression Scale). The most important features in the elderly are: meteorism, abdominal distension, alteration in bowel habits, often with diarrhea; abdominal pain is rare. In the elderly the predictive value of the diagnostic criteria usually used in young people is reduced. Therefore, invasive diagnostic tests (barim enema and/or colonscopy), should be performed to exclude an organic pathology. The treatment is similar in adults and elderly. Great consideration should be given to the polypathology and polypharmacology with characteristic therapy.

Translated title of the contributionIrritable bowel syndrome in elderly people
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)153-159
Number of pages7
JournalArgomenti di Gastroenterologia Clinica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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