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Aetiopathogenesis of functional dyspepsia
  1. Alexander C Ford1,2
  1. 1Leeds Gastroenterology Institute, St. James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  2. 2Leeds Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alex Ford, Leeds Gastroenterology Institute, Room 125, 4th Floor, Bexley Wing, St. James's University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK; alexf12399{at}

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Dear Editor,

I read the paper by Fang et al 1 with interest. The authors reported risk factors for functional dyspepsia (FD), defined using the Rome III criteria, in a large referral population from Taiwan. They reported that these criteria performed poorly in distinguishing between organic pathology and FD, that those with FD were more likely to exhibit concomitant IBS and that there were distinct differences in risk factors between epigastric pain syndrome (EPS) and postprandial distress syndrome (PDS). The latter observation led them to conclude that these two FD subgroups have a …

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