New Research Indicates Link Between Salmonella and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

April is National IBS Awareness Month

April 3, 2014
IBS Awareness

According to new research reported in March 2014, in the Journal of Gastroenterology, children who suffered with Salmonella-induced gastroenteritis may be more prone to develop Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in adulthood.

IBS is a disorder in which a person experiences chronic, recurrent bowel problems and abdominal pain. Bowel problems may include constipation, diarrhea, pain or a combination of these.

Researchers collected data from victims of a 1994 culture-proven foodborne Salmonella enteritidis outbreak involving 1,811 patients in Bolognia, Italy. Study participants included a cohort of 250 adults exposed to Salmonella as children, 127 individuals exposed as adults, and a cohort of 250 non-exposed adults matched for number, age, sex and area of residence were interviewed for the study.

Results indicated that incidence of IBS was higher among those exposed to Salmonella as children than in non-infected controls, but that individuals exposed to Salmonella as adults were not more likely to have IBS than controls.

Acute gastroenteritis, including diarrhea and abdominal cramping are typical in those with Salmonella infection. They typically recover in 3-7 days, but about 20 percent may require hospitalization.
April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month worldwide, a designation supported by the non-profit organization International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder (IFFGD).

April is an ideal time for those with IBS symptoms to seek out medical advice and care.  Those dealing with IBS may experience intestinal discomfort on a daily basis. The frequency and severity of symptoms are unpredictable and may vary.

Mercy’s Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease offers physicians and medical staff trained in the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, including IBS.


Dan Collins - Senior Director of Media Relations at Mercy Medical Center

Dan Collins, Senior Director of Media Relations

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