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Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a condition characterized by abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, and other changes in the bowels






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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Alternate Names : IBS, Spastic Colon

Irritable Bowel Syndrome | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

To diagnose IBS, a healthcare provider often starts by ruling out other possible causes for the symptoms. After a complete history and physical, the healthcare provider may order:

  • an ultrasound of the abdomen
  • a barium enema
  • a colonoscopy, a procedure in which a tube with a camera on the end is used to look at the intestines
  • a complete blood count, or CBC, to check for infection
  • stool tests and cultures to look for blood in the stool, infection, or parasites
  • a biopsy of any fluid or growths to rule out infection, tumor, or cancer

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    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01



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