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Central Nervous System Modulation-Its Role in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Most of us have experienced some of the ways that the central nervous system (CNS) affects the gut in our everyday lives. The affect may be direct, like an urgent need to evacuate the bowels when life gets exciting. It may be indirect, like the decision to suppress the urge to go to the bathroom when social circumstances, work, or sanitary conditions do not allow it. In this article, we will examine four methods of brain-gut interaction and their influence on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Topics: Brain-Gut, Fact Sheet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

About the Author

  • Paul Enck, PhD

    Deptartment of Gastroenterology, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany

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