IBS-Smart Testing And Results
Patients who could benefit from taking the test:
- Have IBS symptoms with diarrheal component
- Have no alarm symptoms (eg blood in stool)
- May not remember having had food poisoning
- May have factors that increase risks associated with invasive procedures
IBS-Smart provides clear lab results. If either antibody is “elevated”, the test results can be considered positive and the patient can be confidently diagnosed with IBS-D or IBS-M. If they are elevated, your IBS developed from gastroenteritis (food poisoning). This means your gut mircobiome has been disrupted, indicating that treatments that target the gut microbiome could be effective for you.
If both antibodies are, “not elevated”, the test results can be considered inconclusive. Further testing may be required in this case.
Food Poisoning To IBS
Food Poisoning and IBS
A significant volume of research shows a clear link between food poisoning and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), especially diarrhea-prominent IBS (IBS-D). A recent review conducted at Mayo Clinic of over 45 studies showed that one in every nine patients who experience food poisoning develop IBS.
It’s important to note that IBS can develop many years after the initial infection. Many patients don’t remember the original instance of food poisoning that may have led to IBS.