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Gastrointestinal Pathogens Panel

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Also known as: GI Panel; Enteric Pathogen Panel
Formal name: Gastrointestinal Pathogens Panel
Related tests: Stool Culture, Ova and Parasite Exam, Clostridium difficile and C. diff Toxin Testing, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and Entamoeba histolytica Antigen Tests

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine whether you have an infection of your digestive tract due to disease-causing (pathogenic) bacteria, parasites, or viruses

When to Get Tested?

When you have signs and symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and/or vomiting; when you have blood or mucus in your loose stools

Sample Required?

A fresh stool sample collected in a clean container; the stool sample should not be contaminated with urine or water; once it has been collected, the stool should either be taken to the laboratory within two hours after collection or transferred into special transport vials containing preservative solutions

Test Preparation Needed?