The NHS in England and Wales is a step closer to funding a new test to check that symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or IBS are not those of more serious conditions called inflammatory bowel disease or IBD.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is planning to recommend a test for a stool (poo) sample called a faecal calprotectin diagnostic test.
It is hoped the test will reduce misdiagnosis of serious bowel disorders, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
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