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. If you are diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, testing can also be used to monitor the disease and assess complications.
Tests may include:
Blood tests—to look for anemia and signs of inflammation
Stool sample—to look for the presence of blood or infection
Last reviewed September 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review BoardDaus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 7/6/2015
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