Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Order the IBS test to identify and monitor irritable bowel syndrome and symptoms that include a mix of stomach discomfort or pain and trouble with bowel habits: either going more or less often than normal (diarrhea or constipation). Ulta Lab Tests provides reliable blood work and secure testing for IBS, so order today!


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Testing for anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (P-ANCA and/or C-ANCA) has been found to be useful in establishing the diagnosis of suspected vascular diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, as well as other autoimmune diseases.

Additional test processing fees will be charged if initial results dictate Reflex (further) testing.


Testing for anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (P-ANCA and/or C-ANCA and/or atypical P-ANCA) has been found to be useful in establishing the diagnosis of suspected vascular diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, as well as other autoimmune diseases.

Testing for anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (P-ANCA and/or C-ANCA) has been found to be useful in establishing the diagnosis of suspected vascular diseases (e.g., crescentic glomerulonephritis, microscopic polyarteritis and Churg-Strauss syndrome), bowel disease (Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and autoimmune hepatitis) as well as with other autoimmune diseases (drug-induced lupus, SLE, Felty's syndrome). ANCA has classically been divided into C-ANCA and P-ANCA depending on the immunofluorescent pattern observed. More recently the specific antigens responsible for these patterns have been described and isolated. The antigen that gives the C-ANCA pattern is proteinase-3 (PR-3). Multiple antigens are responsible for P-ANCA pattern, the principle antigen being myeloperoxidase (MPO). Patients with vascular diseases will generally have either a C-ANCA pattern or P-ANCA pattern, and give positive results in specific tests for PR-3 or MPO. Patients with bowel disease have been shown to have antibodies that give a P-ANCA or C-ANCA pattern. These antibodies however, may not be directed towards MPO. Patients with drug induced lupus, etc., often present with a P-ANCA pattern that is associated with antibodies against MPO.

Increased CRP levels are found in inflammatory conditions including: bacterial infection, rheumatic fever, active arthritis, myocardial infarction, malignancies and in the post-operative state. This test cannot detect the relatively small elevations of CRP that are associated with increased cardiovascular risk.

Clinical Significance

Used to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, or to differentiate IBD from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

 

Collection Instructions

Collect undiluted feces in clean, dry sterile leak-proof container. Do not add fixative or preservative.

 


Specimens from children less than 4 years of age (i.e., less than 48 months) are appropriate for this test. The test for people 4 years of age and older is the Celiac Disease Comprehensive Panel (test code 19955).

TISSUE TRANSGLUTAMINASE AB, IGA
IMMUNOGLOBULIN A
GLIADIN (DEAMIDATED) AB (IGA)

Clinical Significance

This panel assists in differentiating celiac disease from other inflammatory bowel diseases and helps avoid progression of celiac disease, particularly in children, through early identification of gluten sensitivity.

Alternative Name(s) 

Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG),Gluten Sensitivity, tTG, EMA,Gliadin Antibody


A Complete Blood Count (CBC) Panel is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia, leukemia and inflammatory processes.

A CBC blood test includes the following biomarkers: WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet count, Neutrophils, Lymphs, Monocytes, Eos, Basos, Neutrophils (Absolute), Lymphs (Absolute), Monocytes(Absolute), Eos (Absolute), Basos (Absolute), Immature Granulocytes, Immature Grans (Abs)


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Clinical Significance

Bacterial sepsis constitutes one of the most serious infectious diseases. The detection of microorganisms in a patient's blood has importance in the diagnosis and prognosis of endocarditis, septicemia, or chronic bacteremia.

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Aerobic culture, anaerobic culture. If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87076 or 87106 or 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149).
Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).


Culture, Urine, Routine 

Test Details

IMPORTANT- this is a REFLEX test..... ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL BE APPLIED IF TEST IS POSITIVE.

If culture is positive, CPT code(s): 87088 (each isolate) will be added with an additional charge.  Identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149).

Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).

  • ORG ID 1. $ 12.45 
  • ORG ID 2. $ 23.95 
  • PRESUMPTIVE ID 1. $ 12.45 
  • PRESUMPTIVE ID 2. $ 23.95 
  • SUSC-1  $14.95 
  • SUSC-2  $28.95
     

Clinical Significance

Culture, Urine, Routine - This culture is designed to quantitate the growth of significant bacteria when collected by the Clean Catch Guidelines or from indwelling catheters.  Quantitative culturing of urine is an established tool to differentiate significant bacteruria from contamination introduced during voiding. This test has a reference range of less than 1,000 bacteria per mL. More than 95% of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are attributed to a single organism. Infecting organisms are usually present at greater that 100,000 per mL, but a lower density may be clinically important. In cases of UTI where more than one organism is present, the predominant organism is usually significant and others are probably urethral or collection contaminants. When multiple organisms are isolated from patients with indwelling catheters, UTI is doubtful and colonization likely.


Endomysial Antibody (IgA) Screen with Reflex to Titer.

If Endomysial Antibody (IgA) Screen is positive, Endomysial Antibody Titer will be performed at an additional charge.

IMPORTANT - AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE OF $48.50 WILL BE APPLIED FOR THE Endomysial Antibody Titer test if run by the lab.


The fecal occult blood test is an immunochromatographic fecal occult blood test that qualitatively detects human hemoglobin from blood in fecal samples. This is a useful screening aid for detecting primarily lower gastrointestinal (G.I.) disorders that may be related to iron deficiency anemia, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, polyps, adenomas, colorectal cancers or other G.I. lesions that can bleed. It is recommended for use by health professionals as part of routine physical examinations and in screening for colorectal cancer or other sources of lower G.I. bleeding.

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Useful in the diagnosis of hypochromic, microcytic anemias. Decreased in iron deficiency anemia and increased in iron overload.


The Key Blood Tests for IBS Diagnosis (And How to Monitor It)

  • C-Reactive Protein (CRP) [ 4420 ]
  • CBC (includes Differential and Platelets) [ 6399 ]
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) [ 10231 ]
  • Ferritin [ 457 ]
  • Immunoglobulin A [ 539 ]
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) [ 7573 ]
  • Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) Antibody (IgA) [ 8821 ]

The Key Blood Tests for IBS Diagnosis (And How to Monitor It)

  • C-Reactive Protein (CRP) [ 4420 ]
  • CBC (includes Differential and Platelets) [ 6399 ]
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) [ 10231 ]
  • Fecal Globin by Immunochemistry (InSure®) [ 11290 ]
  • Ferritin [ 457 ]
  • Immunoglobulin A [ 539 ]
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) [ 7573 ]
  • QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS [ 92888 ]
  • Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) Antibody (IgA) [ 8821 ]
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) and Folate Panel, Serum [ 7065 ]
     

The Key Blood Tests for IBS Diagnosis (And How to Monitor It)

  • C-Reactive Protein (CRP) [ 4420 ]
  • CBC (includes Differential and Platelets) [ 6399 ]
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) [ 10231 ]
  • Fecal Globin by Immunochemistry (InSure®) [ 11290 ]
  • Ferritin [ 457 ]
  • Gliadin (Deamidated Peptide) Antibody (IgA) [ 11228 ]
  • Immunoglobulin A [ 539 ]
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) [ 7573 ]
  • Prothrombin with INR and Partial Thromboplastin Times [ 4914 ]
  • QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS [ 92888 ]
  • Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) Antibody (IgA) [ 8821 ]
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) and Folate Panel, Serum [ 7065 ]
     

The Key Blood Tests for IBS Diagnosis (And How to Monitor It)

  • C-Reactive Protein (CRP) [ 4420 ]
  • CBC (includes Differential and Platelets) [ 6399 ]
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) [ 10231 ]
  • Culture, Blood [ 389 ]
  • Culture, Urine, Routine [ 395 ]
  • Fecal Globin by Immunochemistry (InSure®) [ 11290 ]
  • Ferritin [ 457 ]
  • Gliadin (Deamidated Peptide) Antibody (IgA) [ 11228 ]
  • Immunoglobulin A [ 539 ]
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) [ 7573 ]
  • Prothrombin with INR and Partial Thromboplastin Times [ 4914 ]
  • QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS [ 92888 ]
  • Reticulin IgG Screen with Reflex to Titer [ 16530 ]
  • Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) Antibody (IgA) [ 8821 ]
  • Urea Breath Test, Infrared (Ubit) [ 14839 ]
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) and Folate Panel, Serum [ 7065 ]
     

Detection of antibodies to gliadin, one of the major protein components of gluten, is a sensitive assay useful in diagnosing celiac disease. However, gliadin antibodies may be found in individuals without celiac disease; thus gliadin antibody assays are less specific than assays measuring antibodies to endomysium and transglutaminase. Recent work has revealed that gliadin-reactive antibodies from celiac patients bind to a very limited number of specific epitopes on the gliadin molecule. Further, deamidation of gliadin results in enhanced binding of gliadin antibodies. Based on this information, assays using deamidated gliadin peptides bearing the celiac-specific epitopes have much higher diagnostic accuracy for celiac disease when compared to standard gliadin antibody assays.

Helicobacter pylori is a gram-negative microaerophilic curved bacillus with an affinity for human gastric mucosa. H. pylori has been identified as an important pathogen in the upper GI tract. The casual relationship between H. pylori and chronic active gastritis, duodenal ulcers, and gastric ulcers has been well documented. BreathTek™ UBiT® for H. pylori is a non-invasive, non-radioactive method for detecting urease activity associated with H. pylori infection. It is FDA approved to confirm cure and offers 95.2% sensitivity and 89.7% specificity compared with endoscopic methods.

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Immunoglobulin A (IgA)

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Clinical Use

  • Diagnose IgA deficiencies

  • Determine etiology of recurrent infections

  • Diagnose infection

  • Diagnose inflammation

  • Diagnose IgA monoclonal gammopathy

Clinical Background

IgA is the first line of defense for the majority of infections at mucosal surfaces and consists of 2 subclasses. IgA1 is the dominant subclass, accounting for 80% to 90% of total serum IgA and greater than half of the IgA in secretions such as milk, saliva, and tears. IgA2, on the other hand, is more concentrated in secretions than in blood. IgA2 is more resistant to proteolytic cleavage and may be more functionally active than IgA1.

IgA deficiency is the most prevalent isotype deficiency, occurring in 1/400 to 1/700 individuals. Many patients with IgA deficiency are asymptomatic, while others may develop allergic disease, repeated sinopulmonary or gastroenterologic infections, and/or autoimmune disease. Individuals with complete absence of IgA (<5 mg/dL) may develop autoantibodies to IgA after blood or intravenous immunoglobulin infusions and may experience anaphylaxis on repeat exposure. 

Elevated serum IgA levels are associated with infection, inflammation, or IgA monoclonal gammopathy.

 

Serum iron quantification is useful in confirming the diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis. The measurement of total iron binding in the same specimen may facilitate the clinician''s ability to distinguish between low serum iron levels caused by iron deficiency from those related to inflammatory neoplastic disorders. The assay for iron measures the amount of iron which is bound to transferrin. The total iron binding capacity (TIBC) measures the amount of iron that would appear in blood if all the transferrin were saturated with iron. It is an indirect measurement of transferri

The Lactoferrin IBD-CHEK® is a qualitative (QL) Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) for measuring concentrations of fecal lactoferrin, a marker for leukocytes. A positive level is an indicator of intestinal inflammation. The test can be used as an in vitro diagnostic aid to distinguish patients with active inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from those with non inflammatory irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

This is an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) for measuring concentrations of fecal lactoferrin, a marker for leukocytes. An elevated level is an indicator of intestinal inflammation. The test can be used as an in vitro diagnostic aid to distinguish patients with active inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from those with noninflammatory irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Pancreatic Elastase-1

Collection Instructions - Collect undiluted feces in clean, dry, sterile leak-proof container.

Clinical Significance

The Elastase-1 is a quantitative enzyme linked immunosorbent assay for measuring concentrations of elastase-1 in feces as an aid in diagnosis of the exocrine pancreatic function.

 

PT-Screening test for deficiencies of plasma coagulation factors other than Factors VII and XIII. The test is also used to monitor patients on heparin therapy. PTT-Screening test for abnormalities of coagulation factors that are involved in the extrinsic pathway. Also used to monitor effects of Warfarin therapy and to study patients with hereditary and acquired clotting disorders.


Did you know that every year in the United States, 2.4 million people visit their doctors for IBS treatment? 

To receive an IBS diagnosis, your medical professional will review the symptoms you've listed, as well as your family history, and complete a physical exam. In order to accurately diagnosis you with this disease, doctors will also often order a blood test to rule out other potential health problems. 

If you've had pain related to your bowel movements, pain in your abdomen or you've noticed changes in your bowel movements, talking to your doctor about your symptoms is important to get your health back on track. If you're looking to learn more about the blood tests that your doctor ordered for you or if you're looking to take your health into your own hands and order blood tests for yourself, we've come up with a complete guide to give you a better understanding of an IBS diagnosis. Keep reading to learn more! 

Symptoms

In the majority of individuals who experience IBS, there are times that the symptoms of this disease worsen, while there are other times where the symptoms improve or even completely disappear. The symptoms and signs of IBSvary from person to person, but the most commonly reported symptoms are: 

• Abdominal pain, cramping or bloating that is typically relieved or partially relieved by passing a bowel movement
• Excess gas
• Diarrhea or constipation, sometimes alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
• Mucus in the stool
• Weight loss
• Diarrhea at night
• Rectal bleeding
• Iron deficiency anemia
• Unexplained vomiting
• Difficulty swallowing
• Persistent pain that isn't relieved by passing gas or a bowel movement 

Risk Factors 

Doctors aren't exactly sure what causes irritable bowel syndrome. However, there are several risk factors that seem to contribute to the likelihood of an individual developing IBS. These factors include: 

  • Age - While IBS can affect all age groups, it's more likely to affect people in their teens, all the way through their 40s. 
  • Gender - Women are twice as likely to develop IBS than men are. While it's not clear why women are more likely to develop this, many doctors believe that hormone fluctuations can cause the development of IBS.
  • Stress levels - Individuals with IBS often are seen to have trouble managing their stress levels. 
  • Family history - This disease seems to be passed down through families, while no research is available to support this theory. 

Key Lab Tests for IBS Diagnosis

Are you looking to learn more about the key lab tests that are used to diagnose someone with IBS? Here's everything you need to know: 



1. C-Reactive Protein (CRP)

CRP, also known as the C-Reactive Protein test, is a blood test that measures the amount of inflammation that's found in the body. This protein is created in the liver, and higher quantities of CRP are produced when the body is responding to inflammation.

In a healthy body, there aren't any C-Reactive Protein markers measured in the blood. However, in people with IBS or Celiac Disease, there CRP can be detected in the blood.


2. ESR

ESR stands for Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate, which is a type of blood test that measures how quickly your red blood cells (erythrocytes) fall to the bottom of a test tube that contains your blood sample. In healthy patients, the erythrocytes slowly settle to the bottom of a test tube. 

When red blood cells fall to the bottom of a test tube quickly, it's an indicator that there's inflammation in your body. An ESR test can help doctors determine if you have a condition that causes inflammation, such as IBS. ESR tests are not only used to diagnose someone with IBS but can also help medical professionals monitor your health condition during treatment.


3. CBC

If your doctor suspects that you have IBS, a complete blood count (CBC) test must be completed. A CBC can help confirm this autoimmune condition if the main symptom that you're experiencing is diarrhea, which is an indication that you may have IBS-D. 

A complete blood count measures the number of red blood cells, the number of white blood cells, the total amount of hemoglobin available in your blood, the percentage of red blood cells in your blood, and platelet count. Having a CBC test completed can help your doctor to rule out other possible conditions, such as an infection, causing the symptoms that you're experiencing. 


4. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

In some people who have IBS, a symptom that they'll report is weight loss. A comprehensive metabolic panel will allow medical professionals to evaluate your health to see if you have an underlying metabolic disorder. In addition, a comprehensive metabolic panel will provide the medical professionals with insight on if you're experiencing any electrolyte imbalances or dehydration if you're experiencing diarrhea. 


5. Vitamin D 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3)

Recent studies have suggested that individuals with IBS are also experiencing  Vitamin D deficiency. While research hasn't yet made it clear why people with IBS experience a Vitamin D deficiency, ensuring that your body has a healthy level of Vitamin D promotes a healthy immune system, bone health, and supports gut health.  


6. Vitamin B12

Several of the symptoms of IBS and a Vitamin B12 deficiency are very similar, which is why it's important to have your B12 levels checked before you receive a diagnosis. A Vitamin B12 blood test can tell medical professionals if they symptoms you're experiencing are a result of a vitamin deficiency. If your Vitamin B12 levels are a healthy range, it can help your doctor to rule out symptom-related vitamin deficiency.  


7. Iron, Total and Total Iron Binding Capacity

Did you know that iron deficiency anemia is considered to be a gastroenterological disorder? That's because some of the leading causes of iron deficiency are due to menstruation blood and blood loss caused by gastrointestinal disease.

Blood loss in the intestine and/or the stomach can't be matched by iron absorption, which would cause an iron deficiency. By taking a look at your test results for your total iron and your iron-binding capacity (your body's ability to bind the protein to iron found in your blood) will provide medical professionals with insight if your IBD is causing anemia. As a result, this can help your doctor diagnose you with IBS, or point them in the direction of another diagnosis, such as for Crohn's disease. 


8. Ferritin

Iron in your body is stored in your body with the help of protein that's called ferritin test. By measuring the level of ferritin found in your body, doctors will be able to identify if you have inadequate levels of this vital protein. Low ferritin levels will show up on a blood test long before an iron deficiency would show on a complete blood count, which is why this blood test plays a vital part in diagnosing IBS or another type of gastrointestinal disease. 


9. Fecal Occult Blood

fecal occult blood test checks stool samples for hidden blood that isn't identifiable by the naked eye. If there's occult blood found in the stool, it's a warning sign that there are polyps in the rectum of the colon. In addition, occult blood found in the stool can be an indicating sign of colon cancer.

Since occult blood is only found in small amounts, a chemical process is used to identify if there's any occult blood in a fecal sample. Receiving this test will help your doctor to identify other possible hidden health conditions that you may be experiencing, resulting in narrowed down diagnosis. 


10. Anti-tissue Transglutaminase (anti-tTG) antibodies, IgA

Anti-tTg is a test that's used to diagnose celiac disease. Tissue transglutaminase is an enzyme that's responsible for fixing the damage in your body. In individuals with celiac disease, their bodies make antibodies to attack the enzyme. Testing positive for this antibody is a step towards receiving the proper diagnosis for the symptoms you're experiencing. 

11. Quantitative Immunoglobulin A (IgA)

This blood test measures the level of the immunoglobin antibodies in the blood, which are responsible for fighting off infection. If there's a high level of Quantitative Immunoglobulin A found in your test results, it's a sign that your body is experiencing inflammation. 

12. Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) antibodies, IgA

This blood test is used to identify the presence of Celiac disease. If your doctor is looking to rule out Celiac disease from the symptoms that you've listed, you'll have the DGP antibodies (deamidated gliadin peptide) levels measures to see how many antibodies you have available in your blood. 


13. Anti-Endomysial Antibodies (EMA), IgA

EMA is another blood test that's a routine test used to diagnose Celiac disease. Anti-Endomysial Antibodies are very similar to Anti-tTg antibodies. While they're more sensitive, a blood test measures the application, significance, and usefulness of the endomysial antibodies in people with Celiac disease. 


14. Anti-Reticulin Antibodies (ARA), IgA

Retucluin is the connecting tissues that surround the majority of the organs in your body. Anti-reticulin antibodies can be found as a test for autoantibody screens. A positive test result for this antibody is an indicator of Celiac disease. This blood test can help your doctor to rule out the Celiac disease diagnosis or act as proof of the disease in your body.


15. Anti-Actin IgA (F-actin)

Anti-actin antibodies is another antibody that's found in individuals with Celiac disease. The discovery of this antibody in your blood is predictive of the severity of your gluten sensitivity and is used as a tool to measure the severity of your Celiac disease (if you have it at all). 


16. Blood Culture

blood culture will let a doctor know if you have an infection, yeast, or parasites in your blood. A positive blood culture lets doctors know that you have bacteria or parasites in your blood. Depending on the infection or parasite that's in your blood, many of the symptoms that your experiencing may direct your doctor away from an IBS diagnosis and towards the invader that was found in your blood. 


17. Urine Culture

urine culture will check to see if there's any collagen degradation in your urine. Some studies have suggested that there's an impairment of the elastic lining of the color, which impacts the function of the colon. By comparing urine samples from individuals with IBS to healthy individuals, the biomarkers that are measured in your use can help doctors to differentiate between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. 


18. Folate

Folate is a member of the B complex vitamin family and is responsible for working with Vitamin C to create new proteins. An adequate level of Folate in your blood is necessary for your body to produce white blood cells and red blood cells, repair cells, repair tissues, and is responsible for the synthesis of DNA.


19. Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT, aPTT)

If your doctor suspects that your symptoms are related to your body having problems clotting your blood, they'll order a partial thromboplastin time test. PTT is a blood test that measures the amount of time that it takes for your blood to clot. 


20. Prothrombin Time and International Normalized Ratio (PT/INR)

Another test that's used to check to see if you have a potential bleeding disorder or an excessive clotting disorder. Prothrombin Time evaluates your body's ability to clot blood. International Normalized Ratio is a calculate that's made based on the results that PT showed about your body's coagulation ability. 

21. H. Pylori

Helicobacter pylori is a type of bacteria that can enter your body and wreak havoc on your digestive tract. If left untreated, it can cause ulcers in the upper part of your small intestine, which could lead to a possible infection. A doctor will order this blood test to see if this unhealthy bacteria is present in your digestive tract. 

Taking Back Control of Your Health

Receiving an IBS diagnosis can help get you on the right path to receive the medical treatment that's needed to improve your quality of life. Blood test results make it easier for your physician to properly diagnosis you while also sorting out other potential health problems that could be affecting you.

Are you looking to learn more about the key blood tests that are used to diagnose IBS? Click here to take a look at our available tests!

Did you know that 10% to 15% of people in the United States have irritable bowel syndrome? In fact, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastroenteric conditions around the world. And, if you're facing symptoms of IBS, you shouldn't feel embarrassed to seek medical attention.

IBS may seem like a condition that you shouldn't worry about, but it's important to get the right medications and guidance from a gastroenterologist. If left untreated, IBS can cause some complications, especially in the bowel.

But, first, you need to get IBS tests done, which can help you determine whether you have IBS or another gastroenteric condition.

To learn more about irritable bowel syndrome and what you can do to stop it, keep reading. From the signs and symptoms to antibody testing, we'll cover everything you need to know. 

What Is Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) is an extremely common disorder of the large intestine. Thankfully, most individuals with IBS experience relatively mild symptoms.

This means that the symptoms of IBS should not inhibit your everyday life. However, if they do, you may want to pay special attention to our section discussing IBD, which stands for irritable bowel disease.

A small number of individuals with IBS do experience severe signs and symptoms. However, most people can control their symptoms with lifestyle changes such as a diet adjustment and an exercise regimen. Patients with more severe symptoms may control their condition with medications and routine medical counseling.

Some patients believe that IBS causes damage to the bowel, but this is false.

Irritable bowel syndrome does not increase a patient's risk for colorectal cancer. In fact, it doesn't alter the bowel tissue in any way.

What Are the Risk Factors for Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Risk factors don't confirm the prevalence of a disease, but they are helpful in determining whether or not you're likely to have it. Here are some of the risk factors of IBS:

  • Young in age as most individuals with IBS receive a diagnosis before the age of 50
  • Female as IBS is more common in women
  • Genetic predisposition as both genes and environment play a role in the development of IBS
  • Prior or current history of mental health issues and/or abuse

These risk factors do not determine whether or not you have the disease, but they can act as a guide as you're navigating whether or not you're at-risk.

What Causes Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Even though IBS is very common, gastroenterologists are still astounded by the condition. In fact, some gastroenterologists claim that there isn't a definitive way to diagnose or track IBS. Although, more and more research is coming out about the condition.

There are a few different causes that researchers and physicians have discovered for IBS:

  1. Poor muscle contractions from the lining of the large intestine can cause differences in stool output as stronger, longer contractions cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea, and short, weak contractions cause hard and dry stool.
  2. Abnormalities in the nerves that work in your digestive system may cause discomfort as the abdomen stretches due to gas or waste.
  3. An overabundance of bacteria in the gut.
  4. Resulting symptoms from a prior bacterial infection in the gut such as gastroenteritis.
  5. A stressful environment, especially early in life.
  6. Changes in any microorganisms living in the gut, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

People living with IBS may have experienced one of these changes or many of these changes. The good thing is that the majority of these cases will not leave the individual with lasting damage. So, the patient just needs to work to overcome the discomfort that comes with the condition.

What Is the Difference Between IBS and IBD?

IBS stands for irritable bowel syndrome, while IBD stands for irritable bowel disease.

Irritable bowel disease is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks the tissues in the large intestine. This can lead to swollen and damaged tissue that causes a variety of symptoms.

In most cases, patients who experience IBD have more significant symptoms than those who experience IBS. IBD can cause excruciating pain, preventing the individual with the condition from carrying on with the daily activities of life.

IBD is also linked with a greater risk for cancer, while IBS is not. If you feel that your symptoms are more serious, you can get your Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) tests here.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

There are three main types of IBS: IBS-D, IBS-C, and IBS-M. IBS-D describes patients who experience diarrhea most of the time, while IBS-C describes patients who experience constipation most of the time. IBS-M is a mixed form of the condition in which patients experience diarrhea and constipation about half of the time.

Depending on the kind of IBS you have, you're going to experience different symptoms. However, any chronic abnormality or inconsistency in your stool could point to IBS.

What Lab Tests Diagnose Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

IBS lab tests can help determine whether or not you have IBS. Specifically, IBS tests look at biomarkers that researchers have associated with irritable bowel syndrome.

These tests may include blood and/or stool samples. Here are some examples:

  • Complete blood count
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel
  • C-Reactive protein
  • Sedimentation rate
  • Deamidated Peptide Antibody
  • Immunoglobulin A
  • Vitamin B12
  • Fecal Globin
  • Urine culture
  • Blood culture

All you need to do is perform the test and wait for the results. 

Getting an IBS Test

If you believe that you may have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you should talk to a gastroenterologist as soon as possible. If you're eager to get a diagnosis, you can look into our IBS tests here at Ulta Lab Tests.

Order your IBS tests today. Once your specimen is collected, you can receive your confidential test results within 24 to 48 hours.

Even better, we don't require insurance or a referral. So, if you're having trouble getting in to see a doctor, we can still help you get the answers you need.

So, what are you waiting for? It's time to order a test and get some answers.