Exclusion diets in irritable bowel syndrome: Are they worthwhile?

A. M. McKee, A. Prior, P. J. Whorwell

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    Forty patients with irritable bowel syndrome received an antigen-exclusion diet identical to that previously reported to be highly effective in this condition. Only 15% of the group as a whole showed evidence of food intolerance manifested by an improvement in their irritable bowel symptoms. In a further 12.5% only well-being improved and this did not seem to be related to the exclusion of any particular food. Patients whose bowel dysfunction was characterized by diarrhea responded the best (3/8) whereas those with constipation consistently failed to improve.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)526-528
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of clinical gastroenterology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1987


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