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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 497585, 6 pages
Research Article

The Prevalence of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in the Chinese Air Force Population

1Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, No. 28 Fu Xing Road, Beijing 100853, China
2Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Air Force General Hospital of PLA, No. 30 Fu Cheng Road, Beijing 100142, China
3Department of Gastroenterology-Hepatology, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad 45320, Pakistan

Received 19 December 2012; Accepted 6 March 2013

Academic Editor: P. Enck

Copyright © 2013 Wenming Wu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) are common in the general population worldwide. However, there is paucity of large sale surveys for prevalence of FGID in the military personnel. Methods. It is a cross-sectional study, using Rome III criteria for the diagnosis of FGID among the Chinese Air Force (CAF) workers. Results. Of 4633 registered male subjects, there were 818 (16.4%) air crew and 4170 (83.6%) ground personnel. FGIDs were identified in 1088 (23.48%) of cases. It was more prevalent in the ground personnel than air crew (24.02% versus 20.33%; ). Based on Rome III criteria, the commonest disease category was functional gastroduodenal disorder (37.4%), whereas functional nausea and vomiting disorder (FNV) was the most frequent overall diagnosis. Functional dyspepsia (FD) with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was the leading FGIDs' overlap (3.9%). Conclusion. FGIDs in CAF population are rather underestimated. This necessitates preventive strategies according to job characteristics.