There are many tests that might be done when a person starts to exhibit the hallmark signs of IBD, such as diarrhea, bloody stools, and abdominal pain. When these gastrointestinal symptoms do not resolve on their own, a stool culture may be used to identify any harmful bacteria that are causing the symptoms. A bacterial cause is usually ruled out before moving on to other possible diagnoses such as IBD. If the symptoms are caused by a bacteria, a stool culture will be helpful in determining the type of offending bacteria. Treatment can then be tailored to the type of bacteria that is found.
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