Comprehensive Stool Analysis

Gastrointestinal (GI) complaints are one of the most common reasons people seek medical advice. GI disorders may include symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, gastric reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and/or malabsorption. By assessing the status of bacteria and yeast in the gut, the Comprehensive Stool Analysis test can be used to evaluate an individual's ability to digest and absorb food and nutrients. In addition, it can assess the presence of opportunistic pathogens, and monitor the effectiveness of GI therapeutic interventions. The identification of the specific pathogenic species allows the practitioner to prescribe a treatment that is appropriate for the individual's GI health.

Other important information about digestion and absorption can be determined via fecal levels of elastase, muscle and vegetable fibers, carbohydrates, and steatocrit (%total fat).