Post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome is a well-defined pathological entity that develops in about one-third of subjects after an acute infection (bacterial, viral) or parasitic infestation. Only recently it has been documented that an high incidence of post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome occurs after Clostridium difficile infection. However, until now it is not known why in some patients recovered from this infection the gastrointestinal disturbances persist for months or years. Based on our in vitro studies on enteric glial cells exposed to the effects of C. difficile toxin B, we hypothesize that persistence of symptoms up to the development of irritable bowel syndrome might be due to a disturbance/impairment of the correct functions of the enteroglial intestinal network.

Clostridium difficile-related postinfectious IBS: a case of enteroglial microbiological stalking and/or the solution of a conundrum?

Bassotti, Gabrio
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Macchioni, Lara;Corazzi, Lanfranco;Marconi, Pierfrancesco;Fettucciari, Katia
2018

Abstract

Post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome is a well-defined pathological entity that develops in about one-third of subjects after an acute infection (bacterial, viral) or parasitic infestation. Only recently it has been documented that an high incidence of post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome occurs after Clostridium difficile infection. However, until now it is not known why in some patients recovered from this infection the gastrointestinal disturbances persist for months or years. Based on our in vitro studies on enteric glial cells exposed to the effects of C. difficile toxin B, we hypothesize that persistence of symptoms up to the development of irritable bowel syndrome might be due to a disturbance/impairment of the correct functions of the enteroglial intestinal network.
2018
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