We all produce faeces and they can have a notable value. Unlike some diagnostic approaches in gatroenterology, faecal testing is non invasive. Biochemical testing of faeces can be an alternative to internal examination.
Testing at our London clinics allows infections to be traced, such as E coli, or salmonella, poor digestion, or malabsorption identified, along with a range of imbalances in gastrointestinal function.
Information is available separately on the proven role of faecal testing for bowel cancer. Your consultant will advise on a range of further tests, such as the examples mentioned below .
This test identifies proteins (calprotectins) in your gut, which are produced by white blood cells, part of your body’s defence system.
Their presence is an indicator of inflammation, often within your bowel. A positive finding can indicate inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis, along with being a pointer to irritable bowel syndrome.
A faecal elastase test measures digestive enzymes, primarily those produced by the pancreas, which do not degrade by passing through your digestive tract.
Levels of concentration of the enzyme within faeces can help assess pancreatic function. Where abnormal functionality could be caused by pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, a tumour, or conditions such as diabetes.
With the stools we produce being a mirror of processes within our digestive system, new approaches are being developed. Once proven, they will be available at our up to date facilities in London, along with established tests.
Tracking the presence of a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori is an example. This can cause stomach ulcers, or rarely stomach cancer and may be found through breath testing, although faecal testing can be more definitive.
We will provide you with effective, scientific testing, part of the diagnostic approach an experienced gastroenterologist should take. You are welcome to get in touch with us at any time.