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How should I prepare for my tests to diagnose digestive disease?

Your doctor will discuss preparing for diagnostic procedures with you before your test appointment. For some endoscopies, you may need to not drink or eat for a period of time before the test, and you may need to cleanse your colon. For colonoscopy, your doctor will ask you to stop taking certain medications, to drink lots of clear fluids for one or more days before the test, and to completely clear out the large intestine. Clearing your colon may involve fasting and using laxatives or enemas.

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