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When is colonoscopy used in the diagnosis of mixed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-M)?

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Mixed irritable bowel syndrome switches back and forth between diarrhea and constipation. It’s often diagnosed with blood and stool tests. But if you have weight loss, fever, bleeding, or a family history of digestive diseases (including colon cancer), you may need a colonoscopy. For this test, the doctor looks inside your large intestine using a tool with a tiny camera.

From: What Is IBS-M? WebMD Medical Reference

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European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology : “Irritable bowel syndrome subtypes according to bowel habit: revisiting the alternating subtype.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet.” 

American Journal of Gastroenterology : “Characterization of the Alternating Bowel Habit Subtype in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” 

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Living With IBS.”

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

SOURCES: 

European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology : “Irritable bowel syndrome subtypes according to bowel habit: revisiting the alternating subtype.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet.” 

American Journal of Gastroenterology : “Characterization of the Alternating Bowel Habit Subtype in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” 

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Living With IBS.”

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

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