Agustín Balboa

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BACKGROUND Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) prevalence estimates are essential for measuring the importance of the problem and the burden of the illness. However, IBS diagnosis is based on clinical criteria which have changed over time. The aim of this study was to assess how the use of different diagnostic criteria influences estimated IBS prevalence and, in(More)
OBJECTIVE We studied the frequency of supraesophageal and dyspeptic symptoms and their impact on the quality of life (QoL) and treatment response in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). METHODS Multicenter, prospective, observational study of patients who consulted a gastroenterologist because of typical GERD symptoms. Upper digestive(More)
BACKGROUND Functional digestive disorders constitute a sizable proportion of gastroenterology and primary healthcare consultations, and have a negative impact on health-related quality of life. Dyspepsia and heartburn are often associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); however, the incidence of these symptoms and their effect on IBS patients have not(More)
OBJECTIVE Therapeutic trials in functional dyspepsia consistently show a substantial placebo response, but there is no clear explanation for such an effect. Our aim was to evaluate symptomatic, gastrointestinal motor, and gastric sensorial responses to placebo treatment in patients with chronic and severe functional dyspepsia who were part of a therapeutic(More)
Forceful dilatation under endoscopic control is a well established treatment of achalasia; several different types of dilators can be used. This study prospectively compared the clinical and manometric efficacy of a single dilatation using two different dilators. Forty one patients were randomly assigned to forceful dilatation under endoscopic control with(More)
BACKGROUND Disturbed bowel habit, diarrhoea or constipation is a key manifestation of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In some patients, diarrhoea and constipation alternate, giving rise to the so-called alternating subtype. AIMS To assess IBS subtype breakdown (constipation (C-IBS), diarrhoea (D-IBS) or alternating (A-IBS)) according to the Rome II(More)
To establish the pathogenic role of duodenogastric reflux in dyspeptic symptoms we have compared the clinical features, gastrointestinal motility, and rates of duodenogastric bile reflux in 12 cholecistectomized dyspeptic patients, 12 dyspeptic patients with intact gallbladder, and 12 healthy controls. Specific symptoms were scored for severity and(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the burden of illness in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), in terms of resource utilisation (direct and indirect) and health-related quality of life (HR-QOL), in individuals with IBS who meet Rome I and Rome II criteria. METHODS A cross-sectional study, carried out by personal interview, on a representative sample (n = 2000) of the(More)
OBJECTIVES Some patients with chronic constipation (CC) have abdominal pain and discomfort (painful CC) without fulfilling the criteria for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Our aim was to investigate similarities and differences among nonpainful CC, painful CC, and CC in patients with IBS according to prevalence, individual symptoms, associated factors, and(More)
The role of Helicobacter pylori infection in the pathogenesis of functional dyspepsia is debated. It is known that a substantial fraction of dyspeptic patients manifest a low discomfort threshold to gastric distension. This study investigated the symptomatic pattern in 27 H pylori positive and 23 H pylori negative patients with chronic functional dyspepsia,(More)