Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Non-GI Symptoms Can Point to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Non-GI Symptoms Can Point to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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MONTREAL -- Non-GI symptoms can help distinguish irritable bowel syndrome from inflammatory bowel disease, Dr. Noel B. Hershfield said at the 13th World Congress of Gastroenterology.

Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are more likely than patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to present with fatigue, depression/anxiety, and headache, as well as sleep loss for reasons not related to intestinal discomfort, Dr. Hershfield reported.

He reached these conclusions based on his survey of 400 patients who came to his outpatient clinic. All of the patients were younger than 50 years old.

Of the 200 patients with IBS, almost three-quarters had chronic fatigue syndrome, compared with one-quarter of the 200 patients with IBD, he said.

Nearly half of the IBS patients reported headaches, compared with less than a quarter of the patients with IBD. More than 40% of IBS patients had depression or anxiety; that figure was less than 10% for the IBD group, said Dr. Hershfield, a gastroenterologist at the University of Calgary (Alta. …

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