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Changes in Bowel Habit

Changes in bowel habit can be symptomatic of a number of different conditions and persistent changes in bowel habits, including constipation and diarrhoea, should always be investigated. Diarrhoea can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), infection and colon cancer. If you experience changes in bowel habits, investigations including blood tests and stool samples will be carried out and a thorough history will also be taken and a colonoscopy may be ordered.