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GUT | Comprehensive Stool Analysis + Parasitology


R 5,540.00

"JOINCIRCLES enables you to own your own medical data. When you receive your biochemistry results, we strongly advise that you contact one or more of healthcare practitioners listed under our "Practitioner Circle' who have been trained to interpret these tests. Once you have a plan from your practitioner, you can come back and shop your personalised daily nutrition, environment and lifestyle choices. As the medical director, I'm available to help you chose the right test and/or practitioner for your needs". Dr Heidi

Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common in medical care. Symptoms associated with GI disorders include persistent diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and malabsorption. This comprehensive profile helps pinpoint the causes of gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic systemic conditions.

The Comprehensive Stool Analysis + Parasitology can help assess digestive and absorptive functions, the presence of opportunistic pathogens, and to monitor the efficacy of therapeutic treatment of gut disorders. 

This non-invasive diagnostic assessment that enables you to evaluate the status and levels of intestinal beneficial, commensal, and pathogenic bacteria and yeast/fungus, as well as parasitesIt also measures key markers of digestion, absorption and gut (digestive tract) inflammation. Knowing this info helps you and your doctor choose the best pharmaceutical or natural treatment for your symptoms. 

Benefits | Features

  • Identifies pathogenic gut bacteria, yeast/fungi and parasites. 
  • This test determines which antimicrobial agent (treatment) susceptibility testing to pharmaceutical and natural agents is also performed for appropriate bacterial and fungal species. This allows you and your doctor to determine the best pharmaceutical or natural treatment for you.
  • By measuring your faecal levels of elastase (which shows pancreatic exocrine sufficiency), fat, muscle and vegetable fibres, and carbohydrates, important information can be gleaned regarding the efficiency of your digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • Inflammation can significantly increase intestinal permeability (leaky gut) and compromise the absorption of nutrients from the food you eat. The extent of inflammation, whether caused by pathogens or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), can be assessed and monitored by measuring the levels of biomarkers such as lysozyme, lactoferrin, white blood cells and mucus in your stool. These markers can be used to differentiate between inflammation associated with potentially life-threatening inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which requires lifelong treatment, and less severe inflammation that can be associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which is frequently due to the presence of enteroinvasive pathogens (pathogens that produce disease in the intestinal tract).
  • Parasitology testing is done over 2 days for a more accurate measurement.
  • Using growth-based culture, the standard of practice in clinical microbiology, as well as sensitive biochemical assays and microscopy, this thorough profile thoroughly evaluates the status of beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms including aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, yeast and parasites.

More information

Cornerstones of good health include proper digestion of food, assimilation of nutrients, exclusion of pathogens and timely elimination of waste. To obtain benefits from food that is consumed, nutrients must be appropriately digested and then efficiently absorbed into portal circulation.

Microbes, larger-sized particles of fibre, and undigested foodstuffs should remain within the intestinal lumen. Poor digestion and malabsorption of vital nutrients can contribute to degenerative diseases, compromised immune status and nutritional deficiencies. Impairment of the highly specific nutrient uptake processes, or compromised GI barrier function, as in "leaky gut syndrome," can result from a number of causes including:

  • Low gastric acid production
  • Chronic maldigestion
  • Food allergen impact on bowel absorptive surfaces
  • Bacterial overgrowth or imbalances (dysbiosis)
  • Pathogenic bacteria, yeast or parasites and related toxic irritants
  • The use of NSAIDs and antibiotics

Impairment of intestinal functions can contribute to the development of food allergies, systemic illnesses, autoimmune disease, and toxic overload from substances that are usually kept in the confines of the bowel for elimination.

Efficient treatment of gut dysfunctions incorporates a comprehensive guided approach that should include consideration of elimination of pathogens and exposure to irritants, supplementation of hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes and pre- and probiotics, and repair of the mucosal barrier. Please see our 'GUT Shop' for more info.

Tests for

  • Intestinal bacteria: beneficial and pathogenic bacteria
  • Intestinal fungi/yeasts
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Undigested food in various forms
  • Biomarkers for intestinal inflammation, IBD, IBS
  • Blood: old (this could mean there is bleeding higher up in the intestines) and fresh blood
  • Immune cells
  • Faecal pH

Who would benefit from this test?

Anyone with 1 or more of the following symptoms or conditions:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Food allergies and food sensitivities
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)/IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Inflammation
  • Joint pain
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Systemic illnesses
  • Toxic overload

Contributing | Causal factors

  • Bacterial overgrowth or imbalances (dysbiosis)
  • Chronic maldigestion
  • The effect of food allergens on bowel absorptive surfaces
  • Low gastric acid production
  • Pathogenic bacteria, yeast or parasites and related toxic irritants
  • The use of NSAIDs and antibiotics

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      Test analytes

      Acetate; stool
      Additional pathogens culture; stool
      Bacteriology^ culture, aerobic; stool
      Butyrate; stool
      Calprotectin; stool
      Carbohydrates; stool
      Cryptosporidium; stool
      Day 2 Parasitology^^, trichrome; stool
      Elastase; stool
      Fat Stain; stool
      Giardia lamblia; stool
      Lactoferrin*; stool
      Lysozyme; stool
      Mucous; stool
      Muscle Fibers; stool
      Occult Blood; stool
      Parasitology^^, concentrate; stool
      Parasitology^^, trichrome; stool
      Propionate; stool
      Red Blood Cells; stool
      Valerate; stool
      Vegetable Fibers; stool
      White Blood Cells; stool
      Yeast culture^^^; stool
      pH; stool
      sIgA*8; stool

      *Lactoferrin is only markedly elevated prior to and during the active phases of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), but not with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Monitoring faecal lactoferrin levels in patients with IBD can, therefore, facilitate timely treatment of IBD, and the test can be ordered separately.

      **Since the vast majority of secretory IgA (sIgA) is normally present in the GI tract, where it prevents binding of pathogens and antigens to the mucosal membrane, it is essential to know the status of sIgA in the gut. sIgA is the only bona fide marker of humoral immune status in the GI tract. 

      ^Possible Bacteria Identification List

      ^^Possible Parasites Identification List

      ^^^Possible Yeast Identification List

      Test sample report

      Test sample type

      • Stool sample: a fresh stool sample, in a small sample bottle, done on two different days

      Processing time

      About 2 weeks

      Lab's name for test

      Comprehensive Stool Analysis w/Parasitology x 2 days (test done over 2 days/test needs 2 stool samples, done on 2 different days)

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