Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Investigated

When you are seen in clinic the consultant will take a full history and carry out a clinical examination. Usually this will involve a rigid sigmoidoscopy and sometimes a proctoscopy as well.
Blood tests are usually carried out to look for evidence of inflammation.
The consultant may also request that you provide stool samples to rule out infection.

Your consultant usually will recommend endoscopic examination of the bowel either by flexible sigmoidoscopy  or colonoscopy. Biopsies are usually taken.
Examination of the small intestine when necessary can be carried out by barium follow through examination or MRI enteroclysis.  CT scanning can be very useful to assess the extent of any inflammatory changes particularly if an abscess is suspected.

What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
you will need to seek medical advice.
For more information or to make an appointment.
Contact birmingham bowel clinic on 0845 241 7762
or email
If you have private medical care or wish
to pay to see a consultant.
Take this factsheet along to your own
GP and request a referral to one
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