Diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Diagnosis of IBD
Occasionally, another digestive condition is diagnosed before inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Were you diagnosed with another disease or syndrome before Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may be diagnosed with a colonoscopy or with...
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may be diagnosed with a colonoscopy or with several other tests. Some people are diagnosed right away, but others may not get the right diagnosis for months or years. How were you diagnosed?
Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
A fecal immunochemical test (FIT) (also called an immunochemical fecal occult blood test [iFOBT]) is used to screen the stool for blood that can not be seen with the naked eye (called occult blood). Blood in the stool can be a symptom of colon cancer.
An upper endoscopy is a test that gives a physician a look at the upper section of the digestive tract, including the esophagus and stomach.
X-Rays for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Information about x-rays, including what they are, what they're used for, preparation, how they're done, and the risks involved.
Use an Enema
An enema may be used for several purposes, including in preparation for a colonoscopy, surgery, giving birth, or for constipation or fecal impaction.
Get the Most from Your Doctor's Appointment
Would you go to an exam without studying? No! So why go to the doctor's office without having done your homework? Learn how to better manage your doctor's visits.
What Is A Biopsy?
A biopsy is a sample of body tissue that is taken for study, in order learn more about any possible disease.
Diagnostic Tests - Stool Culture
When gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea do not resolve on their own, a stool culture may be used to identify any harmful bacteria that are causing the symptoms.
How IBD is Diagnosed
When a patient sees the doctor with symptoms that may point to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a series of tests are used to make the diagnosis. These tests can range from simple blood tests, to more invasive endoscopic procedures.
A liver biopsy is often done when a blood test, or other test, shows that there might be a problem with the liver.
Diagnositc Tests - Upper GI Series
Information about upper GI series, including what it is, what it's used for, preparation, and how it's done.
New DNA Test for Colon Cancer
A new, non-invasive DNA test for colon cancer is on the horizon. It could replace the fecal occult blood test, and enable more people to get tested for colon cancer.
What to expect when having a barium enema (also called a lower gastrointestinal series) including risks.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
Preparation, procedure and risks of this test used to diagnose liver, gallbladder, bile duct, and pancreas problems.
Fecal Occult Blood Test
More information about this test (also called stool gaiac or hemoccult test) that is used to examine stool for traces of blood that can not be seen with the naked eye.
What Is A Sigmoidoscopy?
Preparation, risks, and procedure for this test which is used ot examine the last one third of the large intestine, which includes the rectum and sigmoid colon.
More information about this test (also called an EGD, short for esophagogastroduodenoscopy) used to examine the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first section of the small intestine).
Risks, preparation and procedures for this common test.
Excellent information about this test including advantages, disadvantages, test procedure, and preparation.
Lower Gastrointestinal (GI) Series
What to expect during this procedure, as well as how to prepare for it, if it will be uncomfortable, and what areas of the digestive system are examined.
How Did You Get An IBD Diagnosis?
Getting a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can take some time and mean undergoing quite a few tests. Share the story of how you got your IBD diagnosis. See submissions
Abdominal Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
A CT scan may be used to diagnose and monitor several different digestive symptoms and conditions or to diagnose the cause of abdominal pain.
Signs Your IBD May Be Flaring
Are you wondering if the symptoms you've been experiencing mean that your IBD is flaring? Learn about the symptoms that mean you should call your doctor.
Digital Rectal Exams
Don't fear the digital rectal exam! It's a simple test that should be painless and can easily be done in a doctor's office.
Signs You May Have IBD
If you had IBD, how would you know? Here are some of the signs and symptoms that can be present with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.