Twitter Debate: Controversies in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Frontline Gastroenterol. 2019 Jul 19;11(3):249-251. doi: 10.1136/flgastro-2019-101246.eCollection 2020.

James Maurice 1, Monika M Widlak 2, Anton V Emmanuel 3


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1Deparment of Hepatology, Imperial College, London, UK.

2Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, UK.

3Department of Physiology Unit, University College Hospital, London, UK. Free PMC article


The new 'Controversies In…' series for the Frontline Gastroenterology Twitter debates addressed the difficult area of functional gastrointestinal disorders, facilitated by the former editor-in-chief Anton Emmanuel. Key topics discussed included distinguishing functional dyspepsia from genuine gastroparesis, when we should investigate for bile acid malabsorption, the current treatments for constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome and, importantly, how to manage consultations with complex patients presenting with functional bowel disease. The debate generated over a million impressions on twitter and this article aims to summarise the key educational points from the event.

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