Can a Stool Test Take the Place of an Endoscopy?

Can a Stool Test Take the Place of an Endoscopy?

A stool test is less invasive than endoscopy for detecting inflammation in the GI tract. Anyone who’s had an endoscopy knows that the day of preparation beforehand is no fun: a sparse diet of clear fluids and dozens of trips to the bathroom. The endoscopy itself involves commuting to the hospital facility, waiting for the procedure, undergoing the scope and then spending time in recovery. Altogether it’s an expensive and time-consuming ordeal that nobody wants to repeat too often. Yet, for many people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), an endoscopy is a routine occurrence used to measure inflammation in the...

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