Irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome describes a complex disorder of a child's lower intestinal tract. It is what's known as "functional" abdominal pain, which means that while there may be an internal disorder, there is no underlying organic disease. Your child's symptoms may include:
- urgency with defecation
- incomplete sensation of defecation
- passage of mucus in the stool
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches irritable bowel syndrome
The Center for Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders at Children's is a subspecialty program within the Division of Gastroenterology. Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art care and evaluation to children with motility and functional bowel disorders and to help their families.
We evaluate and manage infants, children, adolescents and young adults with a wide variety of disorders resulting from abnormal motility or sensation of the gastrointestinal tract. Patients with motility disorders are referred to our center from New England, all of the United States and from around the world. Our center also has a large educational and research component.