Gut 12:452-457 doi:10.1136/gut.12.6.452
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Psychological significance of the irritable colon syndrome


Sixty-seven patients with the irritable colon syndrome are reported. The symptom complex is considered to be a concomitant of an affective disorder, and the psychological factors associated with the genesis of the illness are discussed. Fifty-six patients received treatment with anti-depressant therapy, of whom 80% reported significant improvement.