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Post-infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Sub-Type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Within this large group of people, there is a small subgroup whose symptoms begin suddenly. It happens after what appears to be a bout of infection in the GI tract (gastroenteritis). How often do persons who suffer bacterial gastroenteritis develop IBS? Who gets post-infectious IBS and what causes the disorder? How is it treated? A review of the topic is presented.

Topics: Bacteria, gut flora, Fact Sheet, Inflammation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

About the Author

  • Robin Spiller, MD

    Professor of Gastroenterology, University Hospital, Nottingham, UK

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