1) Douglas A Drossman, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology,
UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, Chapel
Hill, NC, USA.
2) Dan L Dumitrascu, 3rd Medical Department., University
of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
publication in the April, 2006 issue of Gastroenterology of
Rome III has made available to the scientific world an enhanced
and updated version of the Rome criteria and related information
on the functional GI disorders. It is expected that the criteria
will be adopted and used by physicians, pharmaceuticals and
regulatory agencies worldwide, just as the previous Rome II
became the standard for clinical practice and research. In
this issue of J Gastrointestin Liver Dis, these Guidelines,
the Rome III, are presented. Also included are some of the
differences between Rome II and Rome III criteria as well
as the rationale for publishing this new version.