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Patients with GERD Have Higher Incidence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Patients with gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD) have a higher incidence of irritable bowel syndrome, according to researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California in Los Angeles.

A total of 200 patients were evaluated separately by two physicians who were unaware of the patients' medical histories. The physicians were asked to identify which patients had GERD.

Participants in the study were later given a follow-up questionnaire which asked questions related to irritable bowel syndrome. The presence of irritable bowel syndrome was then compared between GERD and non-GERD patients. An additional test for irritable bowel syndrome was also administered to confirm results.

Based on their findings published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, researchers report there was a higher incidence of irritable bowel syndrome in the study participants with GERD compared with those without GERD.

Source: Medical Week staff, week of April 21 2002



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