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J Clin Gastroenterol. 1987 Oct;9(5):526-8.

Exclusion diets in irritable bowel syndrome: are they worthwhile?

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Department of Medicine, University Hospital of South Manchester, England.


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.

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