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Table 5 Severity of the “most bothersome symptoms” in IBS-C subjects

From: Impact of symptoms by gender and age in Japanese subjects with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C): a large population-based internet survey

GI symptom 0: Very mild 1: Mild 2: Moderate 3: Severe 4: Very Severe Median p-value
Abdominal bloating        n.s
 Female (n = 163) 0.6 4.3 31.9 46.6 16.6 3  
 Male (n = 46) 2.2 15.2 32.6 39.1 10.9 2.5  
Abdominal discomfort        < 0.05
 Female (n = 74) 1.4 2.7 40.5 36.5 18.9 3  
 Male (n = 42) 0 16.7 54.8 19.0 9.5 2  
Abdominal pain        n.s.
 Female (n = 25) 4.0 8.0 36.0 40.0 12.0 3  
 Male (n = 9) 0 11.1 22.2 55.6 11.1 3  
Abdominal bloating        n.s
 Age 20–49 years (n = 104) 1.0 7.7 33.7 40.4 17.3 3  
 Age 50–79 years (n = 105) 1.0 5.7 30.5 49.5 13.3 3  
Abdominal discomfort        < 0.05
 Age 20–49 years (n = 66) 0 1.5 48.5 28.8 21.2 2.5  
 Age 50–79 years (n = 50) 2.0 16.0 42.0 32.0 8.0 2  
Abdominal pain        n.s.
 Age 20–49 years (n = 24) 4.2 4.2 37.5 41.7 12.5 3  
 Age 50–79 years (n = 10) 0 20.0 20.0 50.0 10.0 3  
  1. GI gastrointestinal
  2. Data are expressed as rate (%)