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World J Gastroenterol. May 28, 2014; 20(20): 6024-6030
Published online May 28, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i20.6024
Irritable bowel syndrome: Relations with functional, mental, and somatoform disorders
Constanze Hausteiner-Wiehle, Peter Henningsen
Constanze Hausteiner-Wiehle, Psychosomatic Consultation Service, Murnau Trauma Center, 82418 Murnau, Germany
Constanze Hausteiner-Wiehle, Peter Henningsen, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München, 81675 Munich, Germany
Author contributions: Hausteiner-Wiehle C and Henningsen P contributed equally to this work.
Correspondence to: Constanze Hausteiner-Wiehle, PhD, Psychosomatic Consultation Service, Neurocenter, Murnau Trauma Center, Prof.-Küntscher-Str. 8, 82418 Murnau, Germany.
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Received: November 22, 2013
Revised: February 1, 2014
Accepted: March 19, 2014
Published online: May 28, 2014
Core Tip

Core tip: Irritable bowel syndrome should be seen as a potentially multidimensional condition, even if cases with an uncomplicated, solely gastrointestinal course occur. Often, patients’ general mental and physical functioning, participation, as well as quality of life are also affected.