Solving the riddle of diarrhoea-predominant IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome characterised by diarrhoea is associated with exhaustion of the immune system, an Australian study reveals.

Published in the international journal Gut, the research focused on a small sample of patients with various types of irritable bowel disease and followed them for a year, comparing blood samples when patients experienced symptoms to when they were symptom free.

All patients with diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) were found to have the same kind of exhaustion in their T-cells, the authors report.

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