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Irritable bowel syndrome in health care professionals in Pakistan
Journal of Pakistan Medical Association
  • Wasim Jafri, Aga Khan University
  • Javed Yakoob, Aga Khan University
  • Nadim Jafri, Aga Khan University
  • Mahesh Maloni, Aga Khan University
  • Saeed Hamid, Aga Khan University
  • Hasnain Ali Shah, Aga Khan University
  • Shahab Abid, Aga Khan University
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Objective: To evaluate the symptomatology of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) among health care professionals attending an IBS symposium in a tertiary care university hospital. Method: A questionnaire designed to incorporate Manning and Rome II criteria was distributed among participants of an IBS symposium, most of them were health care professionals. A total of 100 questionnaires were distributed, 41 had symptoms fulfilling criteria of IBS. In these patients male: female ratio was 28:13 with age range 18-68. Results: The predominant symptom was abdominal pain 87.8 % (36/41) which was aggravated post-prandially 72.2% (29/41), relieved following defecation in 87 % (35/41) with a sense of incomplete evacuation 85.3% (35/41) and distention after defecation in 80.4 % (33/41). Anxiety and depression was present in 80% (33/41) as an extra intestinal symptom. Conclusion: Irritable bowel syndrome is common in health care workers with intestinal and extraintestinal manifestations being equally common (JPMA 53:405;2003)

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Wasim Jafri, Javed Yakoob, Nadim Jafri, Mahesh Maloni, et al.. "Irritable bowel syndrome in health care professionals in Pakistan" Journal of Pakistan Medical Association Vol. 53 Iss. 9 (2003) p. 405 - 407
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