Stool Testing

What is Stool Testing?

This profile is range of advanced stool tests that reflects the 3 key functions of gut health: Digestion/Absorption, Inflammation/ Immunology and the Gut Biome.  The testing provides a comprehensive report into your gut health, providing actionable clinical information for the management of gastrointestinal health. The overview pages make results interpretation quicker and easier, to prioritise treatment and assess microbiome status.

GI Effects Comprehensive Profile – £375

– add h. pylori- £85
– add parasitology £35

 

Who is this test for?

This test might be right for you if you struggle with the following:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain/cramps
  • Indigestion/reflux
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain/cramps
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Perhaps you have been trying to overcome your digestive complaint for a while  this offers you the most comprehensive digestive health test on the market.

The Technical Bit

The biomarkers on the GI Effects Comprehensive Profile reflect the 3 key functions of gut health arranged in the “DIG” format: Digestion/Absorption, Inflammation/Immunology, and the Gut Microbiome:

Digestion/Absorption:

  • Pancreatic Elastase-1 is a marker of exocrine pancreatic function.
  • Products of Protein Breakdown are markers of undigested protein reaching the colon.
  • Faecal Fat is a marker of fat breakdown and absorption.

Inflammation/Immunology:

  • Calprotectin is a marker of neutrophil-driven inflammation. Produced in abundance at sites of inflammation, this biomarker has been proven clinically useful in differentiating between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). [1,2]
  • Eosinophil Protein X is a marker of eosinophil-driven inflammation and allergic response.
  • Faecal Secretory IgA is a marker of gut secretory immunity and barrier function.
  • Faecal Occult Blood Test detects hidden blood; feacal immunochemical testing (FIT) has been recommended by the American College of Gastroenterology as the preferred noninvasive test for colorectal cancer screening/detection.

Gut Microbiome:

Genova is the first laboratory to introduce an Inflammation-Associated Dysbiosis score and a Methane Dysbiosis score by incorporating our latest, published microbiome data analysis.22

  • Metabolic indicators, including short-chain fatty acids and beta-glucuronidase, demonstrate specific and vital metabolic functions performed by the microbiota.
  • Commensal Bacteria demonstrate the composition, abundance and patterns of gut organisms.
  • Bacterial and mycology cultures demonstrate the presence of specific beneficial and pathogenic organisms.
  • Bacterial and mycology sensitivities are provided for pathogenic or potentially pathogenic organisms that have been cultured. The report includes effective prescriptive and natural agents.
  • Parasitology includes comprehensive testing for all parasites on every parasitology exam ordered.
  • GI Effects provides microscopic faecal specimen examination for ova and parasites (O&P), the gold standard of diagnosis for many parasites.

 

After the test

Identifying abnormalities through testing allows you and your healthcare provider to develop a personalised treatment plan to improve your symptoms. We are here to help you understand your profile and take the correct actions to support your digestive health. 

**Other more specific stool tests are available on request; parasitology, candida, inflammation, coeliac, dysbiosis