This test evaluates stool for presence of parasites and levels of beneficial flora, imbalanced flora, possible pathogenic bacteria and possible fungal pathogens. This Comprehensive Parasitology Profile uses the most technologically advanced procedures to accurately identify a wide range of protozoal parasites, including amoebae, flagellates, ciliates, coccidia and microsporidia. This stool test can help reveal hidden causes behind acute or chronic conditions that develop from parasitic infection or dysbiosis. Specimens are carefully analyzed by highly trained technicians using computer-enhanced video microscopy, new staining procedures, and advanced immunoassay techniques. These accurate detection methods allow for increased detection rates, increasing the awareness of the important relationship between parasitic infection and a broad spectrum of illnesses and diseases.
This is an ideal test for patients with sudden changes in bowel pattern, especially for those who have been traveling abroad or camping. The increase in worldwide travel, coupled with increasing immigration into the United States, contributes to the spread and incidence of parasitic infections. In addition, parasitic infections are commonly transmitted through fecally contaminated food, water, or other materials within this country.
A parasite is an organism which feeds off, and usually within, a host body, such as our own body, or other living organisms, like plants and animals. They feed on the nutrients, cells, blood and organs of the host. They reproduce by depositing thousands of eggs, or simply by cell division, within the host's tissues and cells. Parasites are not limited just to the intestines. They can easily travel around the blood stream when small and find a suitable place to grow and develop.