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2019 Mar

Neurogastroenterol Motil



Anhedonia in irritable bowel syndrome and in inflammatory bowel diseases and its relationship with abdominal pain.


Carpinelli L, Bucci C, Santonicola A, Zingone F, Ciacci C, Iovino P
Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2019 Mar; 31(3):e13531.
PMID: 30628137.


Anhedonia is the lowered ability to experience pleasure from rewarding or enjoyable activities and is considered a symptom of depression. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are frequently accompanied by psychiatric disorders such as depression. However, to our knowledge, studies have yet to investigate the anhedonia in these patients. Our aim was to study the level of anhedonia in patients with IBD and IBS in comparison with healthy controls (HC), and to relate anhedonia levels with the severity of abdominal pain.