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How is a stool exam used to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease?

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IBD is a group of disorders that affect your digestive tract. It can cause cramps, diarrhea, pain, and an urge to poop. Doctors may use different tests to rule out infections, check for signs of inflammation, and to visually examine your large intestine. Test can include:

  • Stool exam
  • Blood test
  • MRIs, ultrasound, or CT scan
  • Sigmoidoscopy, a tube with a lighted camera that can see the last 1/3 of your colon
  • Colonoscopy to get images inside the colon
  • Capsule endoscopy to see pictures of your esophagus, stomach, and small bowel

SOURCE:  National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health. FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America."Maintenance Therapy." "What is Crohn's Disease?" "What is Ulcerative Colitis?"  



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 16, 2019

SOURCE:  National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health. FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America."Maintenance Therapy." "What is Crohn's Disease?" "What is Ulcerative Colitis?"  



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 16, 2019

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