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The diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome relies on a diagnosis of exclusion. Because the symptoms of IBS share the symptoms of so many other intestinal illnesses, it sometimes takes years before a correct diagnosis is made to exclude the obvious, and not so obvious, conditions which present symptoms similar to IBS.

Physicians rely on a variety of procedures and laboratory tests to confirm a diagnosis. The Rome II Criteria, however now defines markers which allows professionals to diagnose IBS after a careful examination of a sufferers medical history and physical abdominal examination which looks for any 'red flag' symptoms.

Commonly used medical tests can be categorized as follows:

1. Food/Nutrition/Malabsorption:

2. Stool examinations:

3. Radiological procedures:

4. Endoscopic procedures:
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