1. ABOUT IBD (Crohn’s disease/ulcerative colitis)
  2. How is IBD diagnosed?

How is IBD diagnosed?

If people have gastrointestinal symptoms that they are concerned about, a visit to their GP is a good start to determining what could be the cause.

A GP will take a medical history, discuss symptoms and do a number of tests to help determine what could be causing them. If the GP is unable to easily determine a cause, such as infection or "gastroenteritis", he or she will refer the person to a doctor who specialises in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, a Gastroenterologist.

The two options to see a gastroenterologist are through referral to the gastroenterology service of a public hospital or referral to a gastroenterologist who works in a private business. If you see a gastroenterologist in private you will have to pay for the service yourself or have the cost covered by health insurance.

The gastroenterologist will also take a medical history, discuss symptoms and begin the process of determining their cause, using a number of tests and, if required, investigations involving specialist equipment called endoscopes, that allow the gastroenterologist to see the inside of the gastrointestinal tract.

Who provides medical care?

 

 
 
 
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