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What tests can doctors use to diagnose ulcerative colitis?

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A doctor may order several different types of tests when considering ulcerative colitis as a diagnosis. These include:

  • Blood tests
  • Stool sample tests
  • Imaging tests, such as a CT scan
  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Pill camera

From: Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

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