THE PREVALENCE OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME AND ASSOCIATED FACTORS AMONG A SAMPLE OF MEDICAL COLLEGE STUDENTS IN BAGHDAD.
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Background: Irritable bowel syndrome is a multi-factorial functional gastrointestinal disorder in which abdominal pain and change in frequency and consistency of stool are symptoms of IBS (but not specific) this disorder appear to be common in the third world.
Aim: to shed light on prevalence of IBS among medical students and to assess the risk factors.
Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted at a college of medicine in Baghdad, the study was done on convenient sample of students, both male and female.
To achieve this study a questionnaire form was designed according to Rome’s III criteria, and questions regarding life style. Excel was used for data entry and presentation, Chi square test for risk assessment.
Result: The prevalence of IBS among 300 medical students was 20%. Female sex was significantly associated with IBS.
Conclusion:One fifth of medical students suffer from irritable bowel syndrome with females were more likely to develop it.