NOTE: This test is ONLY AVAILABLE TO AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS.
The DNA PCR Stool Test
Our faecal PCR test detects parasite and bacterial DNA, making it a more accurate technique than a standard Micro, Culture and Sensitivity (MC&S) that would normally be requested.
The faecal multiplex RT-PCR profile is capable of rapid, specific and sensitive detection of the bacterial and parasitic pathogens most commonly responsible for causing infectious gastroenteritis that may otherwise go undetected by traditional microbiological techniques. PCR is based on molecular screening of individual parasites rather than detection of parasites based on examination of stool under a microscope.
When diagnosing infectious gastroenteritis, conventional diagnostic methods such as faecal microscopy, culture, and sensitivities (and even biochemical tests and ELISA) can be laborious, expensive and insensitive. Additionally, although infection with multiple pathogens is common, existing diagnostic methods are typically ordered and performed for individual pathogens, such that these individual assays may routinely miss the diversity of infecting organisms.
What is tested in the MulitPLEX- PCR test?
- Giardia intestinalis
- Dienamoeba fragilis
- Entamoeba histolytica
- Blastocystis hominis
- Campylobacter spp
- Salmonella spp
- Shigella spp
- Yersinia enterocolitica
- Aeromonas spp
- Chronic exhaustion/Fatigue
- Excess wind
- Skin irritations
- Never satisfied or full after meals
- Patients that have been on a recent vacation
- Abdominal pain