Colonoscopy and gastroscopy - what are the biopsies looking for?

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I had a colonoscopy and gastroscopy as I've been having diarrhoea and vomiting for 5 months with very little response to anti-emetics and anti-diarrhoea tablets. I also have 2 close family members with inflammatory bowel disease.

The doctor saw no visible inflammation or any other problems upon investigation but said that the human eye cannot see everything, so did some biopsies. Does anyone please know what are the biopsies going to be looking for? Is it likely they may shed some light on my symptoms?

Thanks in advance, I really appreciate people taking the time to read and reply.
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If it's done within the context of IBD, biopsies would usually be taken to confirm the presence of inflammation and to identify the extent of its depth. This helps to differentiate the forms of IBD (Crohns vs ulcerative colitis, for example).
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