GI Pathogen Profile, Multiplex PCR-Doctor's Data Kit

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.



Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Stool

Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only.

Specimens must be shipped the same day as collected. MUST be received at the lab within four days of collection

If you are taking anti-fungal or antibiotic medications, please finish the course of medication, and then wait three days before starting this collection. Please refrain from taking digestive enzymes, laxatives (particularly mineral oil and castor oil), antacids, aspirin, and substances containing barium and/or bismuth for two days prior to and during the specimen collection, unless otherwise instructed by your physician. Refrain from taking probiotic supplements for two weeks prior to specimen collection unless instructed otherwise by your physician. Never discontinue prescription medications without first consulting your physician.

Results: 24 - 48 hours

Description: Overlapping symptoms—compounded by the lack of testing methods that could identify a full range of viruses, parasites, and bacteria—have historically made GI infections difficult to diagnose. The GI Pathogen Profile, an FDA-cleared molecular test, uses the FilmArray multiplex PCR system to identify 22 viruses, parasites, and bacteria with up to 98.5% overall sensitivity and 99.3% overall specificity.

The following bacteria (including several diarrheagenic E. coli/Shigella pathotypes), parasites, and viruses are identified using the GI Pathogen Profile:

Bacteria: Campylocbacter (C. jejuni/C. upsaliensis) Clostridium difficile (toxin A/B), Pleasiomonas shigelloides; Salmonella; Vibrio (parahemolyticus, Vulnificus, cholerae); Vibrio Cholerae; and Yersenia enterocolitica

Viruses: Adenovirus F 40/41; Astrovirus; Norovirus GI/GII; Rotavirus A; Sapovirus (I, II, IV, and V)

Diarrheagenic E. Coli/Shigella: E. coli/O157; Enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC); Enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC); Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) lt/st; Shiga-like toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) stx1/stx2; Shigella/Enteroinvasive E. Coli (EIEC)

Parasites: Cryptosporidium; Cyclospora cayetanesis; Entamoeba histolytica; Giardia duodenalis (aka lamblia & intestinalis)

This test is useful for:


Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.