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IBD and asthma. (Colitis Club Quarterly).

Turkish researchers from the Mersin University Faculty of Medicine report that asthma seems to be more prevalent among patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) than among those without it.

Investigators performed pulmonary function tests on 133 people with IBD and 137 people without the digestive disease. In the IBD group, 33.8 percent had respiratory symptoms, as opposed to only 5.8 percent of the control group. It was also noted in a recent issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology that 15.8 percent of the IBD patients and only 1.45 percent of the controls had a diagnosis of asthma.

Researchers say that previous study data showed that IBD, gastroesophageal reflux symptoms, and symptomatic bronchial responses occur together more often than expected. Both disorders involve the autonomic nervous system and an alteration in contractility and smooth muscle tone.
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Title Annotation:inflammatory bowel disease
Publication:Medical Update
Geographic Code:7TURK
Date:Oct 1, 2001
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