Dr. Garth Swanson discusses the tests used to identify irritable bowel syndrome.
Okay, irritable bowel syndrome is largely a diagnosis of exclusion. You should see a gastroenterologist and be worked up for other organic causes of GI diseases. However, if those tests are all negative, your gastroenterologist will likely inform you that you have irritable bowel syndrome.
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.