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IBS symptoms common in patients with IBD in remission

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The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Reuters Health - 09/10/2020 - About a third of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in remission report symptoms associated with irritable-bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis. "The prevalence of IBS-type symptoms in IBD patients in remission is over three times higher than in the general population," Dr. Keeley M. Fairbrass of Leeds Gastroenterology Institute and the University of Leeds, in the U.K., told Reuters Health by email. "These patients exist in IBD clinics, and so we should be open-minded in our approach to managing patients with high symptomatology scores without evidence of disease activity." Previous studies have suggested that IBD is a risk factor for developing IBS, but differentiating IBS-type symptoms from ongoing IBD activity can be difficult. A previous systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies estimated the prevalence of IBS-type symptoms in IBD to be nearly 40% and indicated a...


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