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Irritable bowel syndrome

How is irritable bowel syndrome related to bipolar disorder?

People with bipolar disorder often have increased rates of co-occurring disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome is characterised by abdominal pain, bloating, and disturbances in bowel habits, without significant organic causes. Some people with irritable bowel syndrome also have bloody stools, weight loss, and fever. There is currently no consensus regarding clinical presentations, diagnosis, management or pathophysiology of irritable bowel syndrome.

What is the evidence for irritable bowel syndrome?

High quality evidence suggests a medium-sized increased rate of bipolar disorder in people with irritable bowel syndrome compared to people without irritable bowel syndrome.

April 2019

Last updated at: 6:29 am, 9th April 2019
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