Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
The doctor may suspect IBS based on the problems you are having and past health. There are no tests for this health problem.
A physical and rectal exam will be done.
You may have this health problem if you had two or more of these problems on one or more days a week, over the past three months:
Tests may be:
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated September 10, 2018. Accessed August 26, 2019.
Last reviewed August 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 8/27/2019
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