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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is the only way to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome colonoscopy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Not really: Irritable bowel is often a diagnosis of exclusion. Colonoscopy is one of the test and is used to rule out other colonic pathology.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
History & Physical: A proper history and physical is usually enough alone to diagnosis ibs. That being said blood work, imaging and endoscopy can be utilized selectively to exclude other possibilities.

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How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

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Dr. Johnny Green
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Mostly history: Inflammatory bowel disease is just that - inflammation of the intestine that is visible at endoscopy (upper endoscopy or colonoscopy) or imaging. The inflammation often leads to poor function. Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional problem. There is no sign of infection, inflammation, tumor, etc but it does not work properly. Things like caner, ulcers, need to be excluded.
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How is irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Irritable bowel synd: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is relatively benign compared to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBS is diagnosed clinically based upon Rome or Manning criteria (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20024578). Depending upon age & other risk factors, some invasive testing eg colonoscopy may be performed but often diagnosis made clinical

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