Not until very recently that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) nas been diagnosed. For a long time, sufferers has been subjected to long examination and invasive techniques such as colonoscopies and sigmoidoscopies. A new and simpler technique involving blood test will do the task. You can find the link below to know more about this new process.
An irritable bowel syndrome or what is know as IBS is a gastrointestinal problem that generates unpleasant symptoms. About 25 million Americans had to endure the symptoms since there has never been a certain test that could determine the cause . And since the physical cause was never verified , doctors evaluated IBS a psychological disorder.
Nevertheless it has eventually changed as a newly developed two simple blood test for identifying the disease. The newly developed test was invented by Dr. Mark Pimentel of Cedars-Senai Medical Center in Los Angeles .
“We now have a test to say, you have a disease,” Pimentel told CBS News. “Having a test like this shortens the time of suffering, it shortens the time of investigation and accelerates getting the patient directly to treatment.”
The test that ascertain the amount of antibodies in the blood were actually considered from a research concluding that IBS may form after infection from a bacterial toxin found in food poisoning . Researchers are convinced that the toxin causes the immune system to attack a person’s intestinal tract even after the toxin has long been gone.
A patient named Irina Obenauer was found with IBS after several years when she experienced diarrhea and bloating , yet the doctors at first could not eliminate other possible diagnosis for a long time .
“There’s always kind of a ‘trend of the week’ that you had to go and get tested for and rule out, and at the end of the day you don’t feel better,” she said.
She finally received the new blood test that verified her diagnosis so that when the result came up positive she felt comforted thinking that she was not just imagining IBS after all .
“I’m not saying the symptoms went away,” she said, but she “started to feel more whole.”
The test though as CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook , a practicing internist and gastroenterologist, reminded that it is not perfect. Although there may be a good chance that a positive test indicate a patient has IBS, there is just 44 percent of patients with IBS indicating that those with negative test results could still have the problem.