Title: Is there a causal link between psychological disorders and functional gastrointestinal disorders?
Authors: Wouters, Mira ×
Boeckxstaens, Guy #
Issue Date: Jan-2016
Publisher: Expert Reviews Ltd.
Series Title: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology vol:10 issue:1 pages:5-8
Abstract: Psychological disorders, most notably anxiety and depressive disorders, somatization and catastrophizing, often precede or exacerbate functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID) symptoms and correlate with symptom severity and health outcomes. Mounting evidence shows that psychological distress alters gut immunity, in particular mast cell activation, leading to a potentiation of sensory nerves and aberrant visceral pain perception. On the other hand, psychological stressors modulate the processing of incoming sensory signals by the brain, thereby contributing to FGID symptom development. A better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying stress-induced changes in the immune system or brain processing is crucial for the development of novel beneficial therapeutic strategies.
ISSN: 1747-4124
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Translational Research in GastroIntestinal Disorders
× corresponding author
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