Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 24, issue 4, P961-975 2010 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2010.07.005 View full text
Carolina M. Bolino, Premysl Bercik

Abstract: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a symptom complex characterized by recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort, and accompanied by abnormal bowel habits, in the absence of any discernible organic abnormality. Its origin remains unclear, partly because multiple pathophysiologic mechanisms are likely to be involved. A significant proportion of patients develop IBS symptoms after an episode of gastrointestinal infection. In addition to gastrointestinal pathogens, recent evidence suggests that patients with IBS have …

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