Who should take the test?
Are you struggling with lasting abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue and deficiency symptoms? Many people suffer from intestinal inflammation without being aware of it as the symptoms are usually very unspecific. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, affect as many as 1.6 million Americans, most of whom are diagnosed before age 35. In addition to genetic predispositions, stress, nutrition and toxic influences play an important role.
Measuring the Calprotectin concentration in the stool provides fast and reliable information about a present inflammation in the intestinal tract. Calprotectin is normally only increased in the case of an inflammatory bowel disease, but not in the case of a non-inflammatory irritable bowel syndrome. Thus, this parameter helps to differentiate whether patients suffer from a (chronic) inflammatory or non-inflammatory bowel disease.
Both, patients with an initial intestinal inflammation and those with a serious illness can be diagnosed by a Calprotectin determination in the stool sample. In addition, the markers Lysozyme and sIgA provide information about the immune function of the intestinal mucosa, Alpha 1-Antitrypsin is a marker for the increased permeability of the instestinal muscosa. Through the measurement of these four markers you get a comprehensive picture of the inflammatory state of your intestines.
The test analyzes the values of the following analytes:
- Alpha 1-Antitrypsin
Our Enhanced Intestinal Inflammation Check measures the important parameters Calprotectin, Lysozyme, Alpha 1-Antitrypsin and sIgA in the stool. These markers serve to detect early stages of inflammatory bowel disease quickly and reliably to then provide patients with efficient, advanced diagnostics and therapy. In addition, these parameters optimize the follow-up of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases.
How does it work?
You collect the samples at home, send them back to us and we will provide you with your level of each analyte and whether your level falls within the reference ranges for your age. In addition to that, the results include graphs showing whether your are in the “green” (=normal/healthy) or “red” (=too high/low) area, making it easy to understand the results.
What will my results tell me?
Your results will provide detailed information about whether your Calprotectin, Lysozyme, Alpha 1-Antitrypsin and sIgA levels are normal, low, or high compared to reference ranges in your age group. You can then discuss the results with your doctor or health practitioner, who can give you further guidance and treatment recommendations.
What guidance will I get along with my results?
We always recommend the discussion of the mailed results with your doctor or practitioner. Besides, further information is available on our website, especially in the different test categories, under “health conditions” and the FAQs. Still have questions? Then you can contact us by phone at +44 (0)20 3286 6316 or mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.