Faecal short-chain fatty acids - a diagnostic biomarker for irritable bowel syndrome?

  title={Faecal short-chain fatty acids - a diagnostic biomarker for irritable bowel syndrome?},
  author={Per G Farup and Knut Rudi and Knut A. Hestad},
  booktitle={BMC gastroenterology},
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) relies on symptom-based criteria. A valid and reliable biomarker that could confirm the diagnosis is desirable. This study evaluated the properties of faecal short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) as diagnostic biomarkers for IBS. METHODS Twenty-five subjects with IBS and 25 controls were included in this explanatory case-control study. Stool samples were analysed for SCFA (acetic acid, propionic acid, butyric acid, isobutyric acid, valeric… CONTINUE READING
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