Tests Related to Digestive Disorders

Calprotectin Testing

This simple, non-invasive test is able to identify individuals who are more likely to have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and justify endoscopic investigation. This is a rapid test which measures the level of a major protein called calprotectin in the stool. Faecal calprotectin has shown to be elevated in patients with IBD. If a positive result is found, individuals are advised to continue with additional more invasive forms of investigation.

Monitoring the levels of faecal calprotectin can also be used in the management of IBD regarding disease activity, prediction of relapses and assessing the response to treatment. High calprotectin levels may also indicate the presence of some other organic intestinal disorders.

Calprotectin Testing: R350.00

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Celiac Testing

With the Celiac finger prick test one can identify the presence of IgA antibodies. If this test is positive it is highly likely that one has celiac disease. The accuracy of this disease depends on you having recently eaten foods that contain gluten.

If you are on a gluten-free diet a genetic test for celiac disease can be done. Having one or both of these genes indicates that you have a risk of developing celiac disease someday. If you have the symptoms of celiac disease and get this result it is likely that you have the condition.

The most accurate method of diagnosis for celiac disease involves undergoing an intestinal biopsy after having consumed eat gluten.

Celiac Finger Prick Test: R180.00
Celiac Genetic Test: R926.85

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Faecal Occult Blood Testing

Faecal occult blood (FOB) tests are used for the detection of haemoglobin in the stool, as this is important for the diagnosis of diseases that result in gastrointestinal bleeding.

It is mandatory that any positive FOD test by appropriately followed by additional testing with a trained practitioners and possible referral to a specialist if required, since a definitive clinical diagnosis should not rest on the results of this test.

Faecal Occult Blood Test: R 90.00

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GENETIC Lactose Intolerance Testing

Certain changes in DNA have been associated with the most common type of lactose intolerance, namely physiological lactase deficiency. This is a genetic test for the more common genetic mutations associated with lactase deficiency and all that is needed is a finger prick blood sample.

Lactose Intolerance Testing: R926.85

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For more information on the above mentioned rapid tests related to digestion you may download this PDF document.

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