Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Diagnostics Test
A new comprehensive PCR based gastrointestinal diagnostics test.
DNA based microbiology assays can measure organisms in the digestive tract, such as bacteria, parasites and viruses, with very high accuracy. But this information has to be clinically useful – which is why DRG have developed a new stool test that provides practitioners with the markers most relevant for understanding the digestive environment from both functional medicine and primary healthcare perspectives.
Why use PCR technology?
- This test can detect infectious agents missed by other routine analytic techniques such as culture and serological assays
- This can overcome some of the acknowledged shortcomings of culture techniques such as low sensitivity, inability to detect non-cultivating bacteria and low levels of reproducibility.
- Molecular diagnostics are playing an increasingly important role in diagnosing infections and improving patient outcomes in many areas of medicine.
The key test areas include:
- Bacteria and Toxins
- Helicobacter Pylori
- Virulance Factors for H.Pylori (cagA/vacA) and Clarithromycin Antibiotic Resistance
- Parasites (Giardia, Entamoeba histolytica, Cryptosporidium, Blastocystis Hominis)
- Candida Albicans and Tropicalis
- GI Health Markers (sIgA1, sIgA2, Lactoferrin, Calprotectin, Occult Blood)
- Phenotypic Antibiotic Resistant Genes
- Antigliadin IgA and Helicobacter Pylori IgA