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2021 Dec 14

J Psychosom Res


Emotional stress responsivity of patients with IBS – a systematic review.


Schaper S J, Stengel A
J Psychosom Res. 2021 Dec 14; 153:110694.
PMID: 34942583.


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a highly prevalent disorder of the gut-brain interaction characterized by abdominal discomfort and pain associated with altered bowel habits in the absence of structural abnormalities. Chronic psychological stress is considered a risk factor for the development of IBS. The multifactorial pathogenesis involves complex interactions between biological, psychological and social factors, yet the underlying mechanisms have not been fully understood.