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What are stool samples used for if you think you have irritable bowel syndrome?

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You may be asked to save a stool sample to be tested for blood, infection, or parasites. Your doctor will give you a container and instructions on where to send or take the kit for analysis.

SOURCES:

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

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Pimentel, M. PLoS ONE, May 2015.

News release, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

IBSChek.com.

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

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 23, 2019

SOURCES:

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

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Pimentel, M. PLoS ONE, May 2015.

News release, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

IBSChek.com.

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

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 23, 2019

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