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Fecal Immunochemical Test to Detect Hidden Blood

A fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is used to screen the stool for blood that can not be seen with the naked eye, or occult blood. A fecal immunochemical test (FIT)—also called an immunochemical fecal occult blood test, or FOBT—is used to test...

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What Is Sonography?

Sonography is a diagnostic medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to bounce off of structures in the body and create an image. Sonography is a diagnostic medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves—also called ultrasound...

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What to Expect From a Fecal Transplant

For people with severe intestinal problems caused by bacteria, a fecal microbiata transplant (FMT) may help improve their condition dramatically. A fecal transplant, also known as fecal bacteriotherapy or fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), is the...

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Potential Risks of a Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is generally a very safe procedure, but there is a low amount of risk. Learn about the potential complications and risks of a colonoscopy. Overall, colonoscopy is a very safe test, and concerns over complications aren't usually a valid...

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Stool Cultures: When They Are Ordered and Why

When digestive symptoms such as diarrhea don't resolve on their own, a stool culture may be used to find any harmful bacteria causing the symptoms. Some digestive problems, such as diarrhea, may go away on their own, but when they do not, a trip...

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