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How long do symptoms have to last for a functional gut syndrome diagnosis?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
ROME II diagnostic criteria specify that the functional gut syndrome be present for at least 12 weeks, which need not be consecutive, in the preceding 12 months. The purpose for this is to separate these chronic conditions from transient and temporary gut symptoms, such as may occur with emotional distress or infection. The exception is functional abdominal pain syndrome (FAPS), in which the diagnostic criteria must have been present for at least six months. FAPS involves continuous or nearly continuous abdominal pain.
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