Published online May 28, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i20.6024
Revised: February 1, 2014
Accepted: March 19, 2014
Published online: May 28, 2014
Core tip: Irritable bowel syndrome should be seen as a potentially multidimensional condition, even if cases with an uncomplicated, solely gastrointestinal course occur. Often, patients’ general mental and physical functioning, participation, as well as quality of life are also affected.