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How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

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Dr. Johnny Green
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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.

In brief: 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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