Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common misdiagnosis in people later diagnosed with coeliac disease. One in four people with coeliac disease have previously been treated for IBS. Symptoms of IBS are often similar to those of coeliac disease. It is important for anyone with IBS like symptoms to be screened for coeliac disease.


The NICE guideline CG61: Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: Diagnosis and management recommends that coeliac disease is ruled out before diagnosing IBS.

The NICE Guideline NG20: Coeliac disease: recognition, assessment and management recommends to offer serological testing to adults with IBS.