IBS is a heterogeneous condition characterised by increased sensitivity of the gastrointestinal tract. Food commonly precipitates symptoms in patients with IBS. Immunologically-mediated food allergy is not responsible for food-induced symptoms in the majority of patients with IBS. Dietary lifestyle, especially if it involves a high intake of fat and irregular meals, may be a significant factor in IBS. Response to dietary restriction is variable and tends to be related to other aggravating factors such as stress.
|Publication status||Published - 1999|