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J Clin Gastroenterol. 2010 Nov-Dec;44(10):672-5. doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e3181ef3476.

Irritable bowel syndrome and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

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  • 1GI Motility Program, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA.


In the last 3 decades, there has been a growing appreciation for the role of gut bacteria in gastrointestinal disease. Although inflammatory bowel disease and peptic ulcer disease have established a role for gut bacteria for more than 20 years, there is now increasing evidence that intestinal bacteria may play a role in irritable bowel syndrome as well. In this review, the current evidence for bacteria in irritable bowel syndrome will be examined.

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