Intestinal pathogen infection cannot be clinically differentiated solely on the basis of medical history, physical exam and/or symptoms. Specific diagnosis requires laboratory evaluation and confirmation. Asymptomatic, mild symptomatic and overt GI pathogen infections can affect and deter gastrointestinal function and, if undetected, will lead to suboptimal wellness.
The panel includes:
A. Pathogen screening: bacteria, fungi, yeast, and various parasites.
B. Digestion related screens: enzyme levels and immunochemical markers for intolerance to common offending foods.
C. Intestinal function markers to evaluate irritation and inflammation; markers indicate overall status of gut immunity and integrity.
Common applications of this panel include:
• Individuals with chronic and vague GI symptoms, including frequent bloating, gas, cramping, and constipation.
• Frequent travel within the US and overseas.
• Dormitory residents – common quarters.
• Frequent eating outside the home.
• Children that attend daycare centers.
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