Gastrointestinal Pathogen

Gastrointestinal infections in both pediatric and adult patients account for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. In addition, immunocompromised hosts, including HIV patients, solid-organ transplant recipients or patients requiring therapy for chronic inflammatory diseases are susceptible to gastrointestinal infections.
About Gastrointestinal Pathogen

Mild diarrhea can lead to absenteeism from school or work and may require treatment by a health care provider. Patients with severe diarrhea may be hospitalized and sadly nearly three percent of neonatal mortality and 17 percent of under-five child mortality is attributable to diarrhea.

Diarrheal disease can be caused by a number of pathogens including viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Presentations of gastroenteritis with an unidentified source pose a challenge to health care providers, as the same clinical presentation can be caused by different etiologies. Knowing the identity of the causal agent in symptomatic (both acute and chronic gastroenteritis) adult and pediatric patients can aid in diagnosis and patient management.

Clinical Utility

Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel detects 20 pathogens (viral and bacterial) using rt-PCR(Target Enriched Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction) technology – a multiplex PCR amplification technology to detect multiple targets simultaneously. 

 

Panel testing helps identify co-infections, provides physicians with valuable diagnostic insight into unknown causes of infection, reduces unnecessary antibiotic administration and hospital acquired infections, allows for molecular testing in patients with concurrent antibiotic use, and more targeted therapy for better patient management and overall reduced hospital costs.

Patient information:

Patients, you must contact your physician to order a Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel.

Testing is available with a self-pay price for patients who do not have health insurance or for those who intentionally choose not to submit a claim to their insurance company. Oxy-Gen Lab accommodates all forms of payment including cash.

Specimen Information:

Fecal Swab

 

Turnaround Time

Same day (within 24 hours from receipt of specimen), Monday through Friday

 

Feel free to call us for scheduling.