Psychological comorbidities linked with worse IBS: study

Researchers say mental health assessment should be routine

People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who have psychological comorbidities are more likely to have worse IBS symptoms and prognosis, a study shows.

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Furthermore, most people with IBS have at least one psychological comorbidity such as anxiety, depression or somatic symptom disorder, the UK-led researchers report.

The investigators examined five psychological comorbidities in patients with IBS, and their impact on prognosis over 12 months among

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