Gluten Free Diet in IBS

Study Purpose

Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) often benefit from dietary changes. The effect of a gluten-free diet (GFD) on clinical symptom improvement and psychological well-being will be checked in patients with IBS. In addition, the stimulatory potential of gluten on peripheral blood monocytes will be determined. Responders will be provoked with gluten containing bars or placebo bars to confirm the diagnosis of non-celiac glutensenstitivity.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms

Study Type

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Eligible Ages 18 Years and Over
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • - healthy controls without gastrointestinal Symptoms.
  • - patients with irritable bowel Syndrome (Rome IV criteria)

    Exclusion Criteria:

    - inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis) - celiac disease.
  • - wheat allergy.
- pregnancy

Trial Details

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Lead Sponsor

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University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Medical School
Principal Investigator

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Overall Status Recruiting
Countries Germany

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Gluten Sensitivity
Additional Details

Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) often benefit from dietary changes. Since it has been shown that a gluten free diet (GFD) often alleviates the clinical symptoms, an overlap between patients with IBS and non-celiac glutensensitivity is assumed. The study includes 25 healthy individuals and 150 patients with IBS taking a six week GFD. Participants fill in questionnaires to determine clinical symptoms and psychological well being at the beginning and end of the dietary intervention. Patients with symptom relief under diet are further provoked in a double-blind placebo-controlled study with gluten or placebo containing bars for three weeks, separated by two weeks of washout to diagnosis of NCGS. In addition, peripheral mononuclear cells are isolated at the beginning and end of the diet and the stimulating potential of wheat gluten is analyzed.

Arms & Interventions


Experimental: gluten free diet

six week gluten free diet


Other: - gluten free diet

Participants keep a gluten free diet for six weeks

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International Sites

Erlangen, Germany




Department of Medicine 1, Hector Center for Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Erlangen, , 91052

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