Your doctor will likely diagnose ulcerative proctitis only after ruling out other possible causes for your signs and symptoms, including Crohn’s disease, ischemic colitis, infection, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticulitis, & colon cancer.
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What’s the problem?
To help confirm a diagnosis of ulcerative proctitis, you may have one of the following tests or procedures:
- X-Ray – A standard x-ray test may be done to rule out toxic megacolon or a perforation if these conditions are suspected because of severe symptoms.
- CT scan – A CT scan may be performed if your doctor suspects a complication from ulcerative proctitis or inflammation of the small intestine that might suggest Crohn’s disease.
- Blood tests – Blood tests may be used to test for anemia or infection. Tests that look for the presence of certain antibodies can help diagnose which type of IBD you have, but can’t definitively make the diagnosis.
- Colonoscopy – With a colonoscopy test, your doctor can view your entire colon using a thin, flexible, lighted tube with an attached camera. During the procedure, your doctor may take a biopsy to help confirm a diagnosis.
- Barium enema – This test is designed to evaluate your entire large intestine with an x-ray. Barium, a contrast dye, is placed into your bowel which coats the lining, creating a silhouette of your colon, rectum, and small intestine.
- Stool sample – The presence of white blood cells in your stool indicates an inflammatory disease, possibly ulcerative proctitis. This test can also help rule out other disorders and bowel infections, which are more likely to occur in people with ulcerative proctitis.
Do I have an Ulcerative Proctitis Lawsuit?
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