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What kinds of tests do doctors use to determine if someone has irritable bowel syndrome?

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Your doctor may give you:

• A sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to look for signs of blockage or inflammation in your intestines • An upper endoscopy if you have heartburn or indigestion • X-rays • Blood tests to look for anemia, thyroid problems, and signs of infection • Stool tests for blood or infections • Tests for lactose intolerance, gluten allergy, or celiac disease • Tests to look for problems with your bowel muscles





From: Irritable Bowel Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association. FDA.


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association. FDA.


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

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