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Are there blood tests that can diagnose IBS?

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Doctors may soon have a new option to help them decide if it's irritable bowel syndrome -- a test called IBSchek.

It works by looking for antibodies that show up in your blood after an episode of food poisoning, which researchers believe can trigger IBS.

The test can help confirm the disease if your main symptom is diarrhea. However, scientists are still studying how well the test works when constipation is your chief complaint.  

SOURCES:

Henderson, P. and DiPalma, J. , March 2011. Southern Medical Journal

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Pimentel, M. , May 2015. PLoS ONE

News release, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

IBSChek.com.

Rana, S. and Malik, A. June 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology,

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 16, 2017

SOURCES:

Henderson, P. and DiPalma, J. , March 2011. Southern Medical Journal

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Pimentel, M. , May 2015. PLoS ONE

News release, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

IBSChek.com.

Rana, S. and Malik, A. June 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology,

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 16, 2017

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Will my doctor check to see how well I digest certain foods to figure out if I have IBS?

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