Articles

Increased risk of irritable bowel syndrome after bacterial gastroenteritis: cohort study

Author

Luis A García Rodríguez

Date

1999

Journal

BMJ

Abstract

Evidence exists of an increased risk of irritable bowel syndrome after an episode of bacterial gastroenteritis. 1 2 In one study, 12 out of 38 patients presented with bowel dysfunction 1 year after salmonella gastroenteritis.1 In another study, 386 patients with bacterial gastroenteritis were surveyed by questionnaire 6 months after infection, and 27 (7%) had developed irritable bowel syndrome.2 Both studies, however, lacked a control group.3