https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvxJyQVt9Cc Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be extremely difficult to diagnose and some patients may suffer for years with the symptoms before getting an accurate diagnosis. In addition, some of the symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are similar to other bowel conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, and arteriovenous malformations. Find out more about how IBD is diagnosed here. In this short video from My Health Special, Consultant General and gastrointestinal surgeon, Mr. Ian Mitchell briefly explains that patients with inflammatory bowel disease are diagnosed using a series of tests. Usually, patients will need to provide their medical history, and undergo a physical examination, blood tests, radiology tests and a colonoscopy. Comedian Ben Morrison talks about his Crohn's disease and routine colonoscopies in his stand-up routine. IBD News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.