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ees J. Overactive bladder and irritable bowel syndrome often co-exist. Practitioner 2013; 257 (1762):8-9

Overactive bladder and irritable bowel syndrome often co-exist

24 Jun 2013Registered users

The link between overactive bladder (OAB) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) suggests that it is worth GPs asking about bowel symptoms when assessing patients with symptoms suggestive of OAB, a study from Japan concludes. The researchers investigated the prevalence of OAB and IBS using a large-scale internet-based survey. Questionnaires were sent to 10,000 patients, 5,000 men and 5,000 women, with 1,000 of each gender represented from each decade from 20-29 through to 60 and over. [With external links to the current evidence base]

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