The solution to non invasive diagnosis of functional gastrointestinal disorders
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G-Tech Medical is developing a wireless, wearable disposable electrode patch to measure the electrical activity from the stomach, small intestine and colon. Anatomic issues are the focus of existing tests through endoscopies, colonoscopies and CT scans, but many if not most patients with abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea or bloating.
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It is commonly accepted that 15 to 20% of the US population have some form of gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. One need only visit a supermarket and see the amount of shelf space given to products that are gluten free, lactose free, soy-based or soy-free, have active culture probiotics or names like “Goodbelly” to understand that this is an issue that affects much of society.
IBS is the commonest and most frustrating diagnosing for my patients and me. Young women, and they are mostly young women, develop these complaints as teenagers and young adults. I follow the Rome algorithms to arrive at the diagnosis of IBS. I will have a detailed discussion with the patients explaining what is known about the pathophysiology of the disease.
The IBS in America survey was commissioned by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and conducted with the financial support of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Allergan plc. In total 3,254 IBS sufferers, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, were interviewed, as well as 302 physicians who treat IBS patients — 151 primary care physicians and 151 gastroenterologists.