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Think Gastro

Look beneath the surface in GI conditions – don’t stop at the symptoms

When patients present with GI symptoms
it is important to 'think Gastro!'

Discover the importance of testing in patients presenting with GI symptoms and the prompt referral of patients with red flag symptoms. Here you’ll also find an in-depth review of the long-term complications of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and coeliac disease – highlighting the importance of an early diagnosis in patients with these GI conditions.




How do I differentiate between GI symptoms?

Differentiating between GI conditions, the symptoms of which are very similar, can be difficult and frustrating for both patients and healthcare professionals; laboratory investigations should be used to help differentiate between GI conditions, potentially reducing the time to diagnosis.1-7

Diagnostic tests are an essential tool in differentiating between GI conditions

Bloating, Chronic diarrhoea, urgent need to visit toilet, abdominal pain, blood in stool, growth failure, depression, weight loss, anaemia, constipation, fatigue, joint problems, flatulence


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What are the red flag symptoms I should look out for?

Red flag symptoms prompt referral to secondary care1


Test Gastro Red Flag
  • Abdominal masses
  • A family history of ovarian cancer
  • Rectal masses
  • Anaemia
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Unintentional and unexplained weight loss
  • A family history of bowel cancer
  • Aged >60 years change in bowel habit lasting >6 weeks

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