Salmonella Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome Lawsuit: Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome (PI-IBS) Affects About 1-in 20 Food Poisoning Voctims Foodborne illnesses can render the small intestines imbalanced. After a malicious bout of food poisoning, the composition of the small intestinal tract microbiota can be left…compromised, to say the least. In order to orchestrate an array functions like protecting the body against pathogens, alerting the immune system of threats, and digesting/metabolizing insoluble fibers, the gut microbiome needs to have balance.
Tony Coveny, PhD, Infectious Disease Attorney
Food poisonings disrupt the balance of microbes in the small intestine. This imbalance can lead to the chronic inflammation of the small intestines called infectious enteritis (EI) and post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS).
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According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, IBS is a disorder “associated with abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation or both,” and “foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria increase the risk of developing IBS” (NIDDK). The term “post-infectious” indicates the connection between having a bout of food poisoning and developing IBS.
Becoming ill from a foodborne pathogen puts you at risk for developing post-infectious IBS (PI-IBS). There is a growing correlation between individuals recovering from a bout of foodborne illness and PI-IBS. According to an article published in Gastroenterology, the “risk of IBS was 4.2-fold higher in patients who had infectious enteritis in the past 12 months than in individuals in those who had not” (Klem). Additionally, the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders claims, “between 6–17% of individuals with IBS” associated their condition and an infectious illness” (IFFGD). Pathogens like Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Norovirus (viral) and protozoal Giardia lamblia(Klem) all increase the likelihood of developing PI-IBS.
Unfortunately, a widely accepted management strategy PI-IBS does not exist. Diets containing prebiotics and dietary fiber can help modulate the gut microbiota, but there is no cure for PI-IBS. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/foodborne-illnesses https://www.aboutibs.org/what-is-ibs-sidenav/post-infectious-ibs.html  Klem, Fabiane et al. “Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome After Infectious Enteritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” Gastroenterology vol. 152,5 (2017): 1042-1054.e1.
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