GASTROINTESTINAL

A. Comprehensive Stool and Digestive Analysis

This test is a comprehensive, multifaceted stool analysis useful in a wide range of clinical problems. It consists of macroscopic and microscopic examinations with staining, chemical assays, parasitology and aerobic cultures.

The CSDA is a battery of nearly two dozen analyses using state-of-the-art technology. One complete assay can give clues to the following problems:

1. Hydrochloric acid insufficiency

2. Pancreatic enzyme deficiency

3. Bile deficiency

4. Food allergy

5. Intestinal hypermotility

6. Parasitic infestation

7. Occult (hidden) blood

8. Candida overgrowth

9. Isolation and identification of bacterial flora

10. Predictive colon cancer index (butyric acid quantitation by gas Chromatography)

Tests are done for: Chemical composition, Bacterial balance, Efficiency of digestion, and The presence of parasites.

B. Intestinal Permeability

The Intestinal Permeability Assessment directly measures the ability of two nonmetabolized sugar molecules -mannitol and lactulose-to permeate the intestinal mucosa. Mannitol is easily absorbed and serves as a marker of transcellular uptake, while lactulose is only slightly absorbed and serves as a marker for mucosal integrity. To perform the test, the patient mixes premeasured amounts of lactulose and mannitol and drinks the challenge substance. The test measures the amount of lactulose and mannitol recovered in a urine sample over the next 6 hours.

C. Comprehensive Parasitology Profile

Evaluates stool for presence of parasites and levels of beneficial flora, imbalanced flora, pathogenic bacteria, and yeast. For patients with abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, and other GI-related symptoms


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