Expert Video - Why is IBS difficult to diagnose? What other conditions can look like IBS?

Jordan Shapiro, MD, MS, talks about the challenges of diagnosing irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. A skilled gastroenterologist can use a careful medical history and physical examination, along with select tests as needed, to diagnose IBS. While other disorders such as endometriosis, irritable bowel disease (IBD) and celiac disease can cause similar symptoms to IBS, Dr. Shapiro discusses how careful evaluation can distinguish these conditions and give a reliable diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome.

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