Epidemiology. 9-22% Most prevalent digestive diseaseMost present before age 45, although the elderly are 92% as often as middle-aged (painful diverticular disease) Women 2-3 times than men ; 80% severe IBSLess common in Asian and Hispanics. Clinical Presentation. The predominant symptom is abdominal pain or discomfort accompanied by a a change in stool frequency or consistency.Abdominal pain: generalized or localized, usually in the lower abdomen, relieved by defecation (or flatus passage20
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