Patients with suspected bowel disease could refer themselves for scans, saving ... trends now

Patients with suspected bowel disease could refer themselves for scans, saving ... trends now
Patients with suspected bowel disease could refer themselves for scans, saving ... trends now

Patients with suspected bowel disease could refer themselves for scans, saving ... trends now

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Patients with suspected bowel disease could soon refer themselves for a scan, saving them from months of waiting with agonising symptoms.

Currently, patients with suspected Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, known together as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), have to see a GP before they can be referred to hospital for a diagnosis.

A GP will then ask them to take a faecal calprotectin test, which looks for proteins in the bowels linked to inflammation.

However, inflammation can also be a sign of illnesses such as food poisoning, so patients are then required to see a specialist who will decide whether they need a colonoscopy – a procedure to check inside the bowels.

Experts say this extended process can take months, which is concerning because studies show that the longer patients with IBD wait, the more likely it is they will suffer complications which require surgery.

Patients with suspected bowel diseases may soon be able to refer themselves for scans, saving them from enduring months of painful symptoms

Patients with suspected bowel diseases may soon be

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