GI Pathogens Profile-Diagnostic Solutions Kit

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.


Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Stool

Results: 7-10 Business Days
Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday-Friday only. Specimen MUST be received by the lab within 6 days of collection. If you cannot ship the specimen on the day of collection, please refrigerate the sample. Avoid taking aspirin for 2 days prior to collection. DO NOT discontinue and medications unless directed by your physician.

Description: It is estimated that there are over 200 million cases of Gastrointestinal disease each year in the United States. Acute or chronic diarrhea caused by a bacterial, viral, or parasitic pathogen present in the GI tract, accounts for a significant proportion of the cases. Many of these cases often go undiagnosed or untreated.

The Pathogens Panel measures pathogenic organisms that are known to cause hospital-acquired infections (HAI) (such as C. difficile or norovirus), foodborne illnesses (such as E. coli or Salmonella), and common causes of diarrhea (such as Campylobacter, Shigella, and rotavirus A). This panel measures viral causes of gastroenteritis unavailable by other common stool tests, as well as parasites such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and Entamoeba histolytica.

Methodology: Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR), is a molecular DNA laboratory technique. PCR amplifies the gene targets and can generate thousands to millions of copies of a single target DNA sequence. This increases the sensitivity and specificity of the test greatly. PCR, specifically qPCR, can detect slow-growing or difficult-to-culture microorganisms.