Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common reasons that patients seek medical care. Symptoms associated with GI disorders include persistent diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and malabsorption.
The Comprehensive Stool Analysis is an invaluable non-invasive diagnostic assessment that permits practitioners to objectively evaluate the health of the digestive tract by assessing markers of absorption, metabolism and inflammation, alongside beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria including Clostridium species, pathogenic bacteria and yeast. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing to prescriptive and natural agents is also performed for appropriate bacterial and fungal species at no additional charge.
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 digestive enzyme production
Bacterial overgrowth or imbalances (dysbiosis)
Pathogenic bacteria, yeast or parasites
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. Assessing the balance within the gut gives a look through a window that is often overlooked in chronic long-term health conditions.
The Comprehensive Stool Analysis does not include analysis for parasites. For assessment of the presence for parasites, consider the Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology.
Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CMI01)
Comprehensive Stool Analysis
Test Area:Gut Health
Turn Around Time: 14 days.