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Twitter debate: controversies in functional gastrointestinal disorders
  1. James Maurice1,
  2. Monika M Widlak2,
  3. Anton V Emmanuel3
  1. 1 Deparment of Hepatology, Imperial College, London, UK
  2. 2 Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, UK
  3. 3 Department of Physiology Unit, University College Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Prof Anton V Emmanuel, Physiology Unit, University College Hospital, London NW1 2BU, UK; a.emmanuel{at}


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.

  • functional bowel disorder
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • gastroparesis

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  • Contributors JBM, MW and AE wrote the manuscript and approved the final version.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.