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Table 1 Clinical characteristics

From: Altered rectal sensory response induced by balloon distention in patients with functional abdominal pain syndrome

Clinical parameters FAPS IBS Control
No. of subjects 6 7 13
Mean age (years) 41.2 ± 4.7 26.4 ± 2.3 32.3 ± 3.4
Sex (M/F) 2/4 2/5 6/7
Stool frequency (/day) 0.92 ± 0.1 2.9 ± 0.6* 1.0 ± 0.1
BMI 21 ± 0.7 21 ± 1.0 20 ± 0.7
Days missed from work or school because of illness over past three months 33.8 ± 14.1* 20.4 ± 3.4* 0 ± 0
Length of hospital stay because of illness (days) 21.8 ± 14.2 7.7 ± 5.4 0 ± 0
   HADS    
Anxiety 12.5 ± 1.8* 7.4 ± 1.2* 2.2 ± 0.1
Depression 6.5 ± 1.8* 5.9 ± 1.5* 1.9 ± 0.2
  1. FAPS, functional abdominal pain syndrome; IBS, irritable bowel syndrome; BMI, body-mass index; HADS, hospital anxiety and depression scale
  2. *P vs. control <0.05; Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance followed by the Mann-Whitney rank sum test