Dr. Swanson describes the test used to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
There is no one test for inflammatory bowel disease. Right now gastroenterologists make the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease in a specific clinical situation with the correct laboratory endoscopic markers of the disease. However, there is no one test for the disease, and it can at times be a difficult diagnosis to make.
About Dr. Swanson, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Garth Swanson, M.D., M.S., is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. His practice focuses on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Swanson has a master's degree in clinical research and his research interests include how environmental factors, such as alcohol and sleep, can affect gut inflammation and colonic bacteria.
Dr. Swanson received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency and his fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. His special interests include inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis.