Functional Gastroenterology Disorders and Microbiota

Functional Gastroenterology Disorders and Microbiota Unit provides diagnosis and treatment of the main gastro-intestinal functional disorders which affect about 15% of the general population.

It also studies intestinal microbiota and its correlation with pathologies, from both a clinical and research perspective. Our team of gastroenterologists, nutritionists, dieticians, immunologists and clinical microbiologists are constantly tracking new scientific evidence which is significantly changing pathophysiological knowledge of both inflammatory and functional gastrointestinal disorders, focusing on the complex composition of the microbial communities that colonize organs and tissues of the human body since childhood.

It is also known that the hormonal changes observed in menopause are responsible for changes in the intestinal microbiota, causing the onset of both gastrointestinal symptoms – such as meteorism and alterations of the hollow – and gynecological symptoms such as dyspareunia, cystitis and recurrent vaginitis.

We provide outpatient visits, instrumental tests such as the study of the microbiota profile, endoscopic examinations and anorectal manometry, based on the most appropriate treatment for each patient. We operate dedicated clinics for irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, dyspepsia, food intolerances and allergies as well as a clinic for nutritional counseling.  For the treatment of dysbiosis in menopause we use a multidisciplinary approach. It is also possible for patients to participate in research using the most innovative pharmacological approaches.

Diseases treated are:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intestinal dysbiosis
  • Dyspepsia
  • Chronic constipation
  • Diverticular disease
  • Food intolerance


All services are provided in an outpatient clinic, both under the NHS and private patient regimes. Functional Gastroenterology Disorders and Microbiota Unit is part of the Gastroenterology Complex Operating Unit. The center collaborates with the Clinical Nutrition and Immunoreumatology Units and with the Analysis Laboratory.