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Table 3 Comparison of the IBS-SSS scores, stool parameters, and SF-36 scores at the baseline and after 4 and 8 weeks of probiotic prescription

From: No distinction in the gut microbiota between diarrhea predominant-irritable bowel syndrome and healthy subjects: matched case–control study in Thailand

  Baseline (mean ± SD) End of week 4
(mean ± SD)
p value End of week 8
(mean ± SD)
p value
Symptoms severity      
 Total score 206.00 ± 70.60 176.20 ± 65.30 0.220 208.00 ± 77.80 0.920
 Abdominal pain 32.10 ± 21.50 19.40 ± 24.90 0.018 30.60 ± 32.30 0.894
 Number of days having pain 31.60 ± 30.80 10.00 ± 13.70 0.003 23.1 ± 33.4 0.472
 Abdominal distension/tightness 36.30 ± 30.20 40.00 ± 33.70 0.260 36.90 ± 23.80 0.800
 Satisfaction of bowel habits 50.50 ± 29.30 52.50 ± 26.20 0.870 59.70 ± 23.60 0.230
 Affect or interfere with life 55.30 ± 25.00 54.40 ± 21.00 0.920 57.80 ± 27.30 0.800
Bowel habits      
 Maximal number of bowel movements per day 3.47 ± 1.31 2.75 ± 1.18 0.026 2.44 ± 0.63 0.001
 Passage of mucous 57.90% 31.20% 0.055 18.80% 0.007
 Hurry/rush to the toilet 73.70% 37.50% 0.015 37.50% 0.019
SF-36      
 Physical functioning 71.93 ± 24.88 78.64 ± 20.63 0.361 80.73 ± 27.67 0.245
 Role-physical 69.74 ± 36.87 67.19 ± 44.46 0.860 71.87 ± 40.70 0.720
 Bodily pain 42.11 ± 22.70 25.69 ± 16.56 0.003 30.55 ± 17.45 0.068
 General health 44.13 ± 13.28 51.44 ± 22.59 0.220 40.38 ± 14.18 0.360
 Vitality 65.35 ± 12.80 66.67 ± 15.21 0.830 63.54 ± 22.33 0.700
 Social functioning 52.63 ± 18.47 60.71 ± 15.21 0.140 59.82 ± 9.36 0.200
 Role-emotional 68.42 ± 34.20 68.75 ± 35.42 0.890 66.67 ± 43.88 0.780
 Mental health 40.67 ± 22.95 42.61 ± 13.97 0.840 39.77 ± 20.96 0.870
  1. IBS-SSS irritable bowel syndrome symptom severity score, SF-36 36-item short form health survey