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IBS hospital admissions down 2% year-on-year

More than 5,000 patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) were admitted to hospital in England during 2011, official statistics show.

Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre's (HSCIC) Hospital Episodes Statistics show women accounted for 70% of such admissions.

Overall there were 5,370 hospital admissions for IBS-related complaints between January and December 2011 - a fall of almost 2% on the previous year (5,470).

Patients aged 40-44 accounted for the highest number of admissions - totalling just under 11% of all IBS-related hospital presentations.

“The severity of IBS can vary from one person to another and this report shows that some cases require an admission to hospital,” said Tim Straughan, HSCIC's Chief Executive.

“Gender figures show that hospitals are seeing a far bigger number of female admissions come through their doors for this condition, with women accounting for 70 per cent of admissions for IBS in 2011.”

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