Comprehensive Stool Analysis / ParasitologyStool
Performed by: Mosaic Diagnostics
The Comprehensive Stool Analysis detects the presence of pathogenic microorganisms such as yeast, parasites, and bacteria that contribute to chronic illness and neurological dysfunction. It provides helpful information about prescription and natural products effective against specific strains detected in the sample. The test also evaluates beneficial bacteria levels, intestinal immune function, overall intestinal health, and inflammation markers.
Many chronic disorders come from digestive problems and inadequate nutrient absorption. Proper gastrointestinal function is needed to eliminate toxic substances, pathogenic microbes, and undigested food particles from the body to prevent health problems. Nutrients require a specific internal environment to be properly digested and transported throughout the body.
Abnormal intestinal microorganisms in the GI tract are widely known to cause disease. Research shows a relationship between the GI tract and the neurological, hepatic, and immune systems. For example, excessive yeast produces toxic substances that can pass through the blood-brain barrier and alter neurological functioning causing “brain fog,” behavior problems, and learning difficulties.
Why Conduct a Comprehensive Stool Analysis?
The Comprehensive Stool Analysis + Parasitology (CSAP) is an essential diagnostic tool that enables practitioners to assess the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast/fungus, and parasites. The identification of pathogenic species and susceptibility testing assists in the selection of the most suitable pharmaceutical or natural treatment agents.
The Comprehensive Stool Analysis test measures:
- Digestion and absorption of nutrients (Pancreatic Elastase, Muscle Fibers, and Vegetable Fibers)
- Elimination efficiency of undigested food residues and toxins
- Assessment of the gut microbiome, measuring levels of healthy bacterial flora versus potentially pathogenic bacteria species, yeast, and parasites
- Culture and sensitivities of pathogenic yeast and bacteria
- Infectious pathogens (EIA evaluation for Campylobacter, Enterohemorrhagic E. coli cytotoxin, Giardia lamblia, and Cryptosporidium)
- Indices and markers of intestinal immune function (Secretory IgA)
- Indices and markers of inflammation (Calprotectin, Lactoferrin, and Lysozyme)
- Indices and markers of intestinal physiology and of intestinal health (Presence of RBC, WBC, Mucus, Occult Blood, Fecal pH, and Short Chain Fatty Acids)
Efficient remediation of GI dysfunctions involves a comprehensive approach that includes elimination of pathogens and irritants, supplementation of hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes, and pre- and probiotics, and repair of the mucosal barrier.
Biomarkers included in this panel:
Acetate is the most abundant SCFA in the colon and makes up more than half of the total SCFA detected in feces. These beneficial SCFA have anti-inflammatory properties, provide energy to nourish the colonic epithelial cells and intestinal microbiota,Learn more
N-Butyrate is one of the short-chain fatty acids produced by Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria in the colon. It becomes a food supply capable of providing up to 30% of the energy needed by colon cells. N-butyrate improves colon health.Learn more
This short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) is produced as a result of the fermentation of dietary fiber, particularly gums and pectins, by certain bacteria that inhabit the intestines (particularly probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifodobacteria sLearn more
Calprotectin is a protein that binds to both calcium and zinc. Fecal calprotectin levels are abnormally increased in people with intestinal inflammation, thus it is useful for distinguishing between inflammatory and non-inflammatory diarrhea.Learn more
Pancreatic elastase is an enzyme that digests protein. It’s only produced by the pancreas and when it is seen in the stool, it’s an excellent biomarker of how well the pancreas is performing.Learn more
Lactoferrin and Calprotectin are reliable markers for differentiating organic inflammation (IBD) from function symptoms (IBS) and for management of IBD. Monitoring levels of fecal lactoferrin and calprotectin can play an essential role in determiningLearn more
Lysozyme is an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of specific glycosidic bonds in mucopolysaccharides that constitute the cell wall of gram-positive bacteria. Lysozyme is an antibacterial defense present in the G.I. tract and is secreted by granuloLearn more
Fecal pH is largely dependent on the fermentation of fiber by the beneficial flora of the gut.Learn more
Propionate is among the most common short-chain fatty acids produced in the human gut in response to indigestible carbohydrates (fiber) in the diet.Learn more
As the most abundant class of antibody found in the human intestinal lumen, secretory IgA (sIgA) is recognized as a first line of defense in protecting the intestinal epithelium from enteric pathogens and toxins. It is used to assess gastrointestinalLearn more
SCFAs are produced from the fermentation of fibre and protein by certain components of the gut microflora. The SCFAs produced from the fermentation of fibre by probiotic bacteria such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli have a range of beneficial effeLearn more