Evidence of overlapping genetic diathesis of panic attacks and gastrointestinal disorders in a sample of male twin pairs

Mark W. Logue, Sarah R. Bauver, William S. Kremen, Carol E. Franz, Seth A. Eisen, Ming T. Tsuang, Michael D. Grant, Michael J. Lyons

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Abstract

We explored the comorbidity between panic attacks (PA), whose symptoms can include gastrointestinal discomfort, and gastrointestinal disorders (GD). Structural equation modeling was used to analyze data from 1,874 MZ and 1,498 DZ male - male twin pairs from the Vietnam Era Twin Registry. PA and GD were associated (relative risk for GD = 2). The percentage of liability due to genetic factors was estimated to be 37% for PA and 31% for GD. There was significant correlation between the genetic risk factors for PA and GD (estimated r = .55, 95% CI of 34% to 82%) and no evidence of correlation between the environmental causes of PA and GD. Therefore, PA and GD comorbidity can be explained by overlapping genetic factors and not overlapping environmental factors. Although these data cannot identify a biological pathway for such a shared liability, it suggests the presence of GD may be informative for genetic studies of panic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-24
Number of pages9
JournalTwin Research and Human Genetics
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Panic attacks
  • Panic disorder
  • Peptic ulcer

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