07 November 2011

Past trauma may contribute to bowel disorder

Many people with irritable bowel syndrome have suffered stressful events over many years, study finds.

"While stress has been linked to IBS, and childhood abuse has been reported to be present in up to 50 percent of patients with IBS, at a prevalence twice that of patients without IBS, most studies of abuse have focused on sexual abuse with sparse detail and also have not looked at other forms of psychological trauma," said Saito-Loftus in an ACG news release.


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