April 2004
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA114
Academic Journal
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is very common, impairs patients' quality of life, and is associated with substantial cost implications for the Great Britain National Health Service. Multiple factors have been implicated in the pathophysiology but its aetiology remains poorly understood. This article cites a study conducted to examine the prevalence of IBS and potential risk factors in the local community. Results of the study suggest that younger age, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease symptoms, anticholinergic drug use, female sex, and smoking are independently associated with IBS in community subjects.


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