Also known as comprehensive parasitology this test checks for levels of good and bad bacteria yeasts such as candida and parasites.
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At one time you would only have needed to consider this test if you’d traveled abroad but poor hygiene, over use of antibiotics, much more eating out, camping trips and other sources of easy contamination have all contributed to the spread and incidence of parasitic infections and bad bacteria meaning even if you haven”t travelled abroad you can now benefit from this test.
Sensitivity panels comprising commonly used pharmaceutical and natural antimicrobials are tested against bacterial/ yeast cultures to help identify the most efficient treatment.
Symptoms of Infection
The most common symptoms of parasite infection are diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Other symptoms may include flatulence, anorexia, weight loss, fevers, chills, blood or mucus in the stool, and fatigue.
Blastocytis hominis is the most frequently observed fecal parasite. Its level of pathogenicity continues to be controversial. Pathogenicity, in general, appears to vary depending on the parasite itself, host susceptibility, and the microbiological environment in which the parasite lives.
We generally think of parasite infection as causing acute gastrointestinal symptoms. An increasing number of parasite cases feature systemic complaints not traditionally associated with parasites, such as:
Chronic fatigue, asthma and constipation in individuals who are immunocompromised or whose intestinal flora is chronically imbalanced.
Various organisms are increasingly recognized for their potential pathogenicity.
Giardia lamblia is the leading cause of intestinal parasitic infection in the United States. Only a few decades ago it was not considered pathogenic.
Cryptosporidium, a well-known pathogen in animals, was only recently identified as a human pathogen.
Diagnosing Parasitic Infections
The diagnosis of parasitic infections depends on the laboratory, with detection rates dramatically increasing with more sophisticated procedures. The Comprehensive Parasitology Profile uses the most technologically advanced procedures to accurately identify a wide range of protozoal parasites, including amoebae, flagellates, ciliates, coccidia and microsporidia.
What is being tested and measured
- Beneficial bacteria- Lactobacillus species, Escherichla coli, Bifidobacterium
- Inbalanced bad bacteria – e.g. Streptococcus, shiga-like toxin, E.coli
- Yeasts – candidia albicans
- Antimicrobial sensitivities – prescriptive and natural agents
Age range this test is suitable for
Adults and children 2 years and above. The child needs to be potty trained and out of nappies. The sample must not be contaminated with urine or fibres from nappies.
Before Taking this Test
4 stool samples taken from 3 bowel movements over 3 days.
You will need to send your sample back to the lab via a next day postal service – If you are in the UK, Royal mail offer a suitable next day service. If you are outside of the UK then please check with your postal service for options. The cost of the test does not cover the return postage.
Please note that samples should only be posted on Monday – Thursday so that they do not arrive over the weekend when the lab is closed.
A courier returns option is offered by the lab and details will be included in with your test kit. This is an optional service and the cost is not included in with the test fee. Details about payment, should you wish to take up this offer, are included with the courier details.
Before Taking this Test
- If taking antibiotics or antifungals wait at least 3 days after completing the course before beginning the test.
- Discontinue use of the following for 4 days before starting the test
- Barium enemas, bentonite clay, castor oil, mineral oil, betaine Hcl, rectal suppositories, vitamin C supplements,
- Discontinue beneficial bacteria supplements also known as probiotics e.g. lactobacillus etc and digestive enzymes for 2 weeks before doing the test.
- Discontinue use of aspirin, NSAID’s steroids 2 days prior to the test.
- Do not stop taking any prescription medication without your doctors supervision
Please sees the instruction sheet for further guidelines.
Turn Around Time 18 Days
All sample reports are for representational and educational purposes only. Biomarkers, references ranges, results, and all other data may differ from actual reports. All data included in no way represents an actual patient. Any comparisons of results to actual patients, is completely incidental.