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A Physiologic Events’ Cascade, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is Significantly Associated with Chronic Gastritis, Hemorrhoid, Urolithiasis, and Depression

Author(s): Mehmet DURU | Güven KUVANDİK | Orhan Veli ÖZKAN | Mehmet Rami HELVACI | Hasan KAYA

Journal: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
ISSN 1304-7361

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 115;
Date: 2007;

Keywords: Chronic gastritis | depression | hemorrhoid | irritable bowel syndrome | urolithiasis.

Objectives: About one third of people report recurrent upper abdominal discomfort, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is probably associated with most of the underlying pathologies. Materials and Methods: We took consecutive patients admitted to the Emergency Department because of upper abdominal discomfort. IBS is diagnosed according to Rome II criteria in the absence of red flag symptoms, which are not typical for IBS. Other underlying causes of upper abdominal discomfort were detected and results were compaired between the cases with and without IBS. Results: One hundred and twenty patients with IBS and 138 patients without were studied. Although 61.6% (n=74) of the IBS cases were female, this ratio was 42.0% (n=58) in patients without IBS (p
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