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Traveler's Diarrhea May Boost Risk of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
      10/14/06 02:28 PM

Traveler's Diarrhea May Boost Risk of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Oct 11 - People who experience traveler's diarrhea appear to be at significantly increased risk of subsequently suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Israeli researchers report in the October 1st issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Edy Stermer of B'nai Zion Medical Center, Haifa and colleagues came to this conclusion after studying travelers who had visited a traveler's clinic for counseling and vaccinations before their trips and had contacted the center again after their return.

The researchers studied 483 travelers, most of whom (84%) visited Asia. Their mean age was 30.8 years. In all, 412 were followed up after returning home and 405 were contacted 6 months after their return.

The team found that the rate of IBS in travelers who had had diarrhea during their trip (13.6%) was more than 5 times greater than in was in participants who had no such diarrhea (2.4%).

Women appeared to be more likely to experience IBS. They accounted for 60.9% of the IBS group, but only 46.7% of the entire cohort.

Among other findings, the researchers conclude, were that in the diarrhea group, abdominal pain was significantly more common in those who developed IBS and the duration of diarrhea was significantly greater.

Clin Infect Dis 2006;43:898-901.

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