Gastroenteritis may raise risk of bowel disorders

11/1/2009 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Veterans who had infectious gastroenteritis while in the military have a higher risk of longer-term bowel disorders, according to a study presented at the ACG annual conference. Study data showed both men and women were six times more likely to develop functional diarrhea and four times as likely to develop irritable bowel syndrome, compared with controls. The findings may be relevant for the long-term impact of foodborne illness and other conditions in the general population, researchers said.

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