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how can inflammatory bowel disease be diagnosed?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Usually by : Biopsy at endoscopy if it is colon. If it is ileum or small intestine, contrast x-rays or ct. Blood tests are sometimes helpful but not diagnostic.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is inflammatory bowel disease an inherited condition?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Sometimes: There are genetic factors to inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) and individuals with a first degree family member with ibd have a higher risk of developing ibd in their lifetime. The overall risk is still fairly low (in the 10% range).
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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Colon inflammation: In medicine, inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. The major types of ibd are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How is inflammatory bowel disease first diagnosed?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Scope: Stool studies, colonoscopy, small bowel series, endoscopy, serology.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How exactly is inflammatory bowel disease diagnosed?

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Dr. Kirpal Singh
General Surgery 24 years experience
Combination : Medical and family history, exam, lab work (looking for inflammatory markers), tests (ugi, ct, MRI etc), endoscopy w biopsy. They all help narrow the diagnosis. Biopsy is most definitive but not always helpful.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how is inflammatory bowel disease diagnosed?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Symptoms: The two main disease processes are ulcerative colitis and Crohns colitis. Symptoms are related to diarrhea, pain, wt. loss all of which can be defined by GI xrays followed by biopsy.

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