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Will I need to have a colonoscopy to figure out if I have IBS?

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Your doctor might order a colonoscopy, an exam that looks for polyps in your large intestine. Another option may be a test called a flexible sigmoidoscopy. During both procedures, your doctor puts a narrow, flexible tube with a camera into your rectum. He moves it into your body to examine part or all of the large intestine.

During the colonoscopy, he may collect small sections of tissue from the large intestine and examine them under a microscope. It won't show if you have IBS, but you may learn if you've got other conditions like colitis or inflammatory bowel disease.

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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