Korean J Med.  2017 Aug;92(4):349-353. 10.3904/kjm.2017.92.4.349.

Understanding the Rome IV: Background to the Rome IV Revision

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  • 1Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Digestive Disease Research Institute, Wonkwang University College of Medicine, Iksan, Korea. medcsc@wonkwang.ac.kr

Abstract

Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) are common and may be serious. As such disorders are identified principally on the basis of their symptoms, symptom-based classifications assume great importance. The Rome diagnostic criteria for FGIDs are widely used in both research and practice. Over time, the criteria have been revised as new data accumulate; the Rome IV criteria were recently released. The changes from the Rome III criteria principally reflect the data of literature reports and committee recommendations based on all available evidence. Here, we offer a historical perspective and discuss the Rome IV changes.

Keyword

Functional gastrointestinal disorders; Rome criteria

MeSH Terms

Classification
Gastrointestinal Diseases
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