NOTE: This test is ONLY AVAILABLE TO AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS.
The calprotectin stool test that NHG offers is used to detect inflammation in the intestines. Intestinal inflammation can be associated with bacterial infections and in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The calprotectin test may be used to distinguish between IBD and non-inflammatory disorders and to monitor IBD disease activity.
Testing for fecal calprotectin is a useful screening tool for identifying patients who are most likely to have an endoscopy for suspected inflammatory bowel disease.
The main diseases that cause increased excretion of fecal calprotectin are infectious colitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and neoplasms (cancer). Essentially, an elevated calprotectin indicates that inflammation is likely to present in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Bloody or watery diarrhea
- Abdominal cramps or pain
- Weight loss
- Rectal bleeding
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Crohn’s, Ulcerative colitis
About the Calprotectin (Fecal) Test
The Calprotectin (Fecal) Test is a simple stool sample test that can be done at your home or at the office, it only takes minutes to complete and is then sent to the laboratory in the express post bag provided.
The test contains:
- All the equipment needed to complete the test
- A full set of instructions
- Express Post overnight return delivery to the laboratory
- Test results are sent to one of our professional health practitioners within 5 business days for evaluation. Our practitioners contact you with the results and recommendations on any findings via email, mail, or phone so you’ll know exactly what you need to do if the results come back positive.
Calprotectin- Inflammation marker (IBS vs IBD)