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Irritable bowel syndrome and functional bowel disorders

D.G. Thompson

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1513

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Irritable bowel syndrome and functional bowel disorders

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Case History—A 42 yr old woman presenting with increased bowel frequency, loose stools and urgency after treatment of Campylobacter sp..

Symptoms suggestive of disturbed lower gastrointestinal function without adequate explanation are very common in adults in the Western world, up to 15% of whom experience such symptoms at any one time, although most do not seek medical advice. It is not clear whether the symptoms of those individuals who do seek medical help have a different pathophysiological basis from those who do not, and whether the seeking of medical advice is more an indication of a worried individual than of disturbed gut function....

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Subjects: Gastroenterology

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