Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) (cont.)
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diagnosis
A health care professional makes the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease based on the patient's symptoms and various diagnostic procedures and tests.
Complete Blood Count
Both the above tests are not diagnostic of IBD, as they may be abnormal in many other diseases.
If you have upper GI symptoms (nausea, vomiting), an endoscope (narrow, flexible tube with a light source) is used to examine the esophagus, stomach, and the duodenum. The endoscope is inserted through the mouth, and the stomach and duodenum are examined for ulceration. Ulceration occurs in the stomach and duodenum in 5% to 10% of persons with Crohn's disease.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/2/2015
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