Stomach bugs can leave lasting problems

August 13, 2009 (CHICAGO) New research shows it may increase the odds that a person will develop Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and that risk can persist 15 years or more after infection.

IBD refers to a group of conditions including Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. They are marked by chronic inflammation of the intestines leading to symptoms like abdominal pain and diarrhea.

The discovery is reported in the latest issue of the journal Gastroenterology.

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