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Irritable bowel syndrome [ IBS ]

“The most common condition seen in gastrointestinal outpatient clinics is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which has a prevalence rate of 14-24% in women and 5-19% in men. […] There is no known structural or anatomical explanation that accounts for the pathophysiology, and the exact cause remains unknown.”source:

It's generally considered to be a disorder of the brain-gut axis, viz. the disruption of communication between the brain and the digestive system. (It is known that infections, anxiety, and depression can significantly increase the risk of developing IBS)

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