Disability in Children and Adolescents with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and/or Fibromyalgia

Otu-Nyarko CG1, Gedalia A, Karpinski AC, Kolomensky A, Hyman PE. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015 Jun 23. [Epub ahead of print]
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1*Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Children's Hospital of New Orleans †Louisiana State University, Shreveport; WK Pediatric Gastroenterology & Research ‡Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans.


To compare disability and emotional health in individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia or both, patients completed the Questionnaire for Pediatric Gastrointestinal Symptoms-Rome III, Childhood Functional Disability Inventory (FDI), and Behavior Assessment System for Children Second Edition (BASC-2). Patients' (age range 8-18 years, 19 IBS, 12 fibromyalgia, and 12 both) FDI scores showed greater disability than scores from historically healthy patients. Fibromyalgia (FDI 22.5+-12.7, p = 0.018) and patients with both (FDI 26.2+13.8, p = 0.001) averaged greater disability than those with IBS (FDI 10.6 7.9). Disability correlated with anxiety and depression symptoms. Disability and psychological symptoms are important when evaluating individuals with fibromyalgia and IBS.

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