What is the role of bacterial gastroenteritis in the etiology of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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A study suggested that infectious gastroenteritis may play a role in the initiation and/or exacerbation of inflammatory bowel disease. [19] Similarly, irritable bowel syndrome may develop more often following bacterial gastroenteritis. This topic is highly controversial, and no conclusive evidence currently exists to support or refute this hypothesis.


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