How Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diagnosed and Treated?

Worried you have IBD? Here's what tests you'll need.

Diagnosing inflammatory bowel disease is easy and can usually be done with a colonoscopy. Barium studies are a less common method of diagnosis. In this video, Dr. Mark Babyatsky explains how a doctor goes about diagnosing a patient with IBD and the treatment steps that follow.

The first line of inflammatory bowel disease treatment are known as the ASA products, which are anti-inflammatory medications that target the intestine. Another treatment option is the use of steroids, but use has been limited recently due to their side effects.

Some of the newer breakthroughs include anti-TNF agents, which block TNF alpha, one of the key inflammatory compounds that the body makes in a number of inflammatory conditions. Yet, these medications don't work for everyone, so surgery can be an excellent approach for patients who have failed with medications. Ultimately, you need patience to find the right treatment approach that works for you.

Holly Atkinson, MD

This video features Holly Atkinson, MD. Dr. Atkinson specializes in internal medicine and is an award-winning medical journalist.

Duration: 4:54. Last Updated On: Feb. 19, 2019, 4:43 a.m.
Reviewed by: Holly Atkinson, MD, Dr Saema Khandakar, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: Feb. 19, 2019
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