Diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. The doctor will attempt to rule out other conditions, such as infection, that may be causing your symptoms.
The following tests may be done:
Blood Tests—A sample of your blood is taken and sent to the lab to be checked for anemia and signs of inflammation.
Stool Examination—You will provide a stool (feces) sample that will be examined for the presence of blood or infection.
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