Which stool exams are useful in the evaluation of suspected irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Jenifer K Lehrer, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Microbiologic studies to consider include the following stool examinations:

  • Ova and parasites (consider obtaining specimens for Giardia antigen as well)

  • Enteric pathogens

  • Leukocytes

  • Clostridium difficile toxin


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