Can a Colonoscopy help differentiate IBS symptoms from more serious issues? 

I live outside the U.S. and the physician I consulted wrote off my chronic diarrhea as IBS. Could this be that easily diagnosed? What tests should I ask for to make sure it’s not IBD or something more serious? Would a Colonoscopy help? 

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A Colonoscopy rules out colon cancer, colitis, Crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis. If all of that is negative and the symptoms correlate, you can be classified as IBS.

It can rule out colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, which have symptoms that could mimic some of the IBS symptoms.

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