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March 18, 2009

Testing for Celiac Disease in Patients With Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

JAMA. 2009;301(11):1126. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.272

To the Editor: In their Rational Clinical Examination article, Dr Ford and colleagues1 considered history and physical examination in establishing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a cause of a patient's lower gastrointestinal symptoms. In their discussion, they stated that current guidelines for the management of IBS do not recommend routine screening for celiac disease.

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