Psychological Trauma Linked to Bowel Disorder

People who suffer major psychological and emotional trauma may be at higher risk of developing irritable bowel syndrome, Mayo Clinic researchers reported in a study presented this week at the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting. IBS is believed to be related to changes in nerves and muscles that control sensation and bowel motility, and researchers suggest that trauma such as loss of a loved one or mental or physical abuse may sensitize the brain and gut. Yuri Saito-Loftus, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a statement, “This is the first study that looks at multiple forms of trauma, the timing of those traumas, and traumas in a family setting.”