Table 4

Frequency of symptoms and signs in 399 patients without an FGID and 214 patients with an FGID in a luminal gastroenterology clinic

Symptom or signNo FGID (n=399)FGID (n=214)p Value*
Epigastric or upper abdominal pain (%)94 (23.6)89 (41.6)<0.001
Diarrhoea (%)103 (25.8)48 (22.4)0.35
Heartburn or regurgitation (%)88 (22.1)61 (28.5)0.08
Weight loss (%)113 (28.3)27 (12.6)<0.001
Bloating (%)52 (13.0)88 (41.1)<0.001
Lower abdominal pain (%)51 (12.8)69 (32.2)<0.001
Nausea (%)47 (11.8)45 (21.0)0.002
Anaemia (%)79 (19.8)1 (0.5)<0.001
Vomiting (%)40 (10.0)32 (15.0)0.07
Dysphagia (%)54 (13.5)11 (5.1)0.001
Rectal bleeding (%)35 (8.8)18 (8.4)0.88
Constipation (%)11 (2.8)26 (12.1)<0.001
Urgency (%)15 (3.8)18 (8.4)0.02
Alternating diarrhoea and constipation (%)13 (3.3)18 (8.4)0.006
Chest pain (%)9 (2.3)9 (4.2)0.17
Cough (%)10 (2.5)6 (2.8)0.83
Tenesmus (%)4 (1.0)6 (2.8)0.09
Haematemesis (%)9 (2.3)1 (0.5)0.10
Mucus per rectum (%)6 (1.5)3 (1.4)0.92
Melaena or dark stools (%)5 (1.3)0 (0)0.10
Proctalgia (%)3 (0.8)1 (0.5)0.68
Odynophagia (%)3 (0.8)0 (0)0.20
Abdominal mass (%)3 (0.8)0 (0)0.20
  • *p Value for χ2.

  • FGID, functional gastrointestinal disorder.