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What tests will my doctor run to test for short bowel syndrome?

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If you’re having any symptoms and you’ve had a lot of your small intestine removed, your doctor may already suspect short bowel syndrome. To be sure, he’ll do a physical exam and may run other tests, including:

  • Blood tests
  • Stool exam
  • X-rays of your chest and belly
  • Upper GI series, also called a barium X-ray. You’ll drink a special liquid that coats your throat, stomach, and small intestine to make them stand out on the X-ray image.
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan, a powerful X-ray that makes detailed pictures inside your body
  • Ultrasound, which uses sound waves to make images of your organs
  • Bone density test
  • Liver biopsy, when doctors remove a piece of tissue for testing. Most of the time, doctors make a small cut on your belly and use a hollow needle to get the cells they need. They use a CT scan or an ultrasound to see where to place the needle. The biopsy takes about 5 minutes, but you may need a few hours to recover.

From: Short Bowel Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Short Bowel Syndrome Overview."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Short Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's Disease."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "Short Bowel Syndrome," "Treatments of Short Bowel Syndrome."

Medscape: "Short-Bowel Syndrome."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Short Bowel Syndrome."

Short Bowel Syndrome Foundation: "About Short Bowel Syndrome."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Short Bowel Syndrome Overview."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Short Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's Disease."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "Short Bowel Syndrome," "Treatments of Short Bowel Syndrome."

Medscape: "Short-Bowel Syndrome."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Short Bowel Syndrome."

Short Bowel Syndrome Foundation: "About Short Bowel Syndrome."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 18, 2019

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