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New Test Diagnoses Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Thursday, 14 May 2015 03:57 PM

A Cedars-Sinai Medical Center doctor has developed a new way to quickly and accurately diagnose irritable bowel syndrome with two simple blood tests.

Mark Pimentel, MD, director of the GI Motility Program and Laboratory at Cedar-Sinai, said the new blood tests identify the presence and amount of specific antibodies reacting to toxins that lead to IBS.

"Having an early diagnosis means patients can avoid years of invasive tests and visits to specialists that often leave them with more questions than answers," he said. "With these new blood tests, many patients will now be able to proceed right to therapy for their condition."

IBS is the most common gastroenterological disorder in the United States, affecting nearly 40 million people. An estimated 10 percent of the world's population suffers from the condition, which is nearly impossible to diagnose.

Doctors usually presume patients have if they experience symptoms that include chronic bloating, abdominal pain, gas, and bouts of relentless diarrhea, constipation, or both.

A multicenter study involving 3,000 patients validated the accuracy of the new blood tests, and results were published in the Public Library of Science journal PLOS ONE.

The new tests are marketed under the name IBSchek and are produced by Commonwealth Laboratories Inc.

"Most IBS patients have been told at one time or another that the disease was psychological, all in their head," said Dr. Pimentel. "The fact that we can now confirm the disease through their blood, not their head, is going to end a lot of the emotional suffering I have seen these patients endure."

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