Which physical findings are characteristic of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Updated: Dec 30, 2019
  • Author: Mohammad F El-Baba, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Physical examination findings generally are unremarkable. The patient may appear tense and anxious with sweaty palms. Abdominal tenderness may be present. Tender and palpable sigmoid is found in some patients.

Findings against the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome include the following:

  • Abdominal rigidity

  • Rebound tenderness

  • Hepatosplenomegaly

  • Positive fecal bleeding test result

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