Calprotectin Stool (Fecal) Test
Calprotectin Stool (Fecal) Test (LabCorp)
This test measures the level of Calprotectin in a stool sample. Calprotectin is a protein released by a type of white blood cell called neutrophils. Neutrophils release calprotectin in response to inflammation in the GI tract. Inflammation in the intestines may be caused by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, as well as some types of bacterial infections. Symptoms of inflammatory GI disorders include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, weight loss, and rectal bleeding. Other, non-inflammatory conditions may cause similar symptoms. While a calprotectin test cannot identify a specific condition, it can help to distinguish between inflammatory and non-inflammatory conditions affecting the intestines.
Calprotectin testing is typically ordered when a person has symptoms of IBD. Other stool tests such as a Stool Culture or Ova and Parasite may be done at the same time to help further identify the cause of a person's disorder.
Turnaround for this test is typically 4-7 business days.
Where can I find a Calprotectin Stool (Fecal) Test near me?
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Note: Result turn around 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.
Stool sample: Go to the draw site to obtain a specimen container and collection instructions. Specimens should be delivered to the lab no later than 24 hours after collection.
If this test is being ordered along with any other blood and/or urine medical testing, it is recommended you have the specimen(s) for your other tests collected at the same time you bring the stool specimen to the draw site.