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The Calprotectin test is a biomarker that assesses inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. This test helps to discriminate between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Faecal calprotectin levels elevate in patients with IBD and correlate with endoscopic and histological assessment of the disease. Patients with IBS do not present with increased faecal calprotectin levels.
This test is useful for patients that needing to distinguish between IBD and IBS presentation. The test requires one stool specimen for testing.
• 50ml brown lid plastic stool jar
• 1 x Specimen bag
• Padded postage satchel
• If you are currently taking antibiotics, only proceed with this collection two weeks after you have finished the course of the antibiotic therapy.
• Follow your usual diet prior to collecting the stool sample for testing.
• The stool sample should be collected in the morning; otherwise the first movement of the day.
• Natural laxatives can be used if constipation is problem. This includes herbal and nutritional supplements. Do not use pharmaceutical laxatives as these medication can alter results.