Functional symptoms in inflammatory bowel disease and their potential influence in misclassification of clinical status

H S Barratt, C Kalantzis, D Polymeros, A Forbes

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Functional symptoms occur in inflammatory bowel disease probably more than in the general population. Existing disease indices rely heavily on symptoms that may be organic or functional. This may explain inconsistencies between recent therapeutic trials in inflammatory bowel disease. Clinically, misinterpretation can lead to over-treatment of functional symptoms with potent agents, and to under-treatment of inflammatory bowel disease when inflammatory features are more subtle.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-7
Number of pages7
JournalAlimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2005


  • Adult
  • Cohort Studies
  • Colitis, Ulcerative
  • Crohn Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
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