Diagnosis

If you have IBS, blood tests, faeces tests, and other examinations usually show normal values. So there is no “IBS test” that shows that you have IBS, but it is the symptoms you have that determine whether you get an IBS diagnosis or not.

However, to diagnose IBS, the doctor may perform a number of examinations and take samples to rule out that the symptoms are not caused by other diseases. So how is IBS diagnosed and what are its main causes?

Rome IV criteria

Since there is no test that can be used to diagnose IBS with certainty, healthcare professionals rely on the patient's medical history and diagnosis by exclusion - doing tests to eliminate other disorders with similar symptoms, such as celiac disease or lactose...

Is IBS a genetic disorder?

While it is common for IBS patients to have relatives who suffer from similar symptoms, the hereditability of IBS has not yet been confirmed. The development of IBS among relatives is rather believed to be due to exposure to similar environmental factors in the shared...

5 common myths about IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that can cause various digestive symptoms. However, there are several myths and misconceptions surrounding IBS. Dispelling them helps promote a better understanding of the condition and encourages...

Diet for diverticulitis: The dietitian gives advice on diet

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Rome IV criteria

Rome IV criteria

Since there is no test that can be used to diagnose IBS with certainty, healthcare professionals rely on the patient's medical history and diagnosis by exclusion - doing tests to eliminate other...

read more
Is IBS a genetic disorder?

Is IBS a genetic disorder?

While it is common for IBS patients to have relatives who suffer from similar symptoms, the hereditability of IBS has not yet been confirmed. The development of IBS among relatives is rather...

read more
5 common myths about IBS

5 common myths about IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that can cause various digestive symptoms. However, there are several myths and misconceptions surrounding IBS. Dispelling them...

read more