Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 35, Issue 10, pp 1285–1290

Irritable bowel syndrome in women having diagnostic laparoscopy or hysterectomy

Relation to gynecologic features and outcome
  • George F. Longstreth
  • David B. Preskill
  • Lee Youkeles
Original Articles


We identified irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in 47.7% of 86 women having diagnostic laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain, 39.5% of 172 women having elective hysterectomy, and 32.0% of 172 controls age-matched for the hysterectomy group (P=NS). Constipation and pain subtype IBS were more common in hysterectomy patients than controls (P < 0.05). In laparoscopy patients, dyspareunia was more common in those with IBS than in those without it (P < 0.05). In the hysterectomy group, more IBS patients had chronic pelvic pain (P < 0.005), and abnormal menses (P < 0.01). Chronic pelvic pain was more frequently the only prehysterectomy diagnosis in IBS patients (P < 0.05), and IBS was present more often when pain was a reason for hysterectomy (P < 0.01). One year after laparoscopy, IBS patients gave lower overall status ratings (P < 0.01) and lower pain improvement ratings (P < 0.05) than non-IBS patients. In women who had a hysterectomy for pain, there was less pain improvement one year later in those with the pain subtype of IBS than in non- IBS patients (P < 0.05). IBS is associated with gynecologic symptoms and affects the symptomatic outcome of diagnostic laparoscopy and hysterectomy.

Key Words

irritable bowel syndrome hysterectomy laparoscopy pelvic pain 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • George F. Longstreth
    • 1
    • 2
  • David B. Preskill
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lee Youkeles
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Medicine, and Obstetrics and GynecologySouthern California Permanente Medical GroupSan Diego
  2. 2.The Department of Biomathematics, Center for the Health SciencesUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos Angeles

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