How is IBD diagnosed?
Six screening tests to
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is not easy to diagnose, nor can it be cured completely. However, the
diagnosis has to involve several tests that are indispensable to decide the medication to be adopted, no matter
whether it involves corticosteroids or biologics in IBD.
IBD screening tests
One cannot detect inflammatory bowel disease conditions based on physical examination alone. This is the
reason why the following tests are recommended to detect IBDs:
Different screening tests are used to detect inflammatory bowel disease.
1. Blood tests
Blood tests help detect signs of inflammation, blood traces in the stool, and anaemic conditions.
2. Stool tests
Stool samples are tested for signs of infections that lead to flare-ups and aggravation of IBD conditions.
3. Colonoscopy and
Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy involves comprehensive examination of the GI tract, with the aid of a long and
thin tube and a lighted camera at its tip. This tube is inserted into the body in order to examine the diseased
areas of the intestines, along with diagnosing inflammation, bleeding, and ulcers that deteriorate the health
conditions of inflammatory bowel disease patients. Colonoscopy and a simultaneous biopsy helps analyse the
diseases tissues from the infected lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
X-ray with barium can determine major signs of IBD, and their impacts on the
5. CAT scans
CT or CAT scans from various angles determine the signs of aggravating ulcerative colitis
As regular endoscopies and colonoscopies fail to help examine an IBD infected small intestine, capsule endoscopy
is adopted for comprehensive examination, with the aid of a pill shaped camera. However, capsule endoscopies are
not recommended for patients who suffer from narrowing of digestive system.
Factors that aid IBD therapies
IBD treatments are not restricted to medications and surgical procedures alone. Instead, it is has an array of
measures that patients have to mandatorily adhere to, in order to achieve quick and lasting remission. These
factors that aid IBD therapies include:
1. Change in lifestyles and food habits
2. Intake of right nutrition supplements
3. Stress reducing activities and exercises that boost IBD therapies and avoid flare-ups
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