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Conventional Assessment of Gastrointestinal Disorders 

Conventional Assessment of Gastrointestinal Disorders
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Conventional Assessment of Gastrointestinal Disorders
Author(s):

Gerard E. Mullin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190933043.003.0025
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date: 05 May 2021

The gastrointestinal tract is a highly complex and dynamic organ system having a multitude of physiological functions. The choice of laboratory tests should be personalized and not performed in a shotgun manner, which can lead to false positive results and imparts financial stress to patients. The assessment of digestive health conditions requires giving astute attention to the patient’s history and a methodical utilization of laboratory tests to define root causation of illness and opportunities for intervention. This chapter segregates the most common tests and procedures to evaluating gastrointestinal condition into conventional tests that are usually covered by medical insurance and functional medicine and genomic testing that by-in-large have larger out-of-pocket expenses. Strategic utilization of these tests are essential to the proper evaluation of gastrointestinal illness.

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