GI Pathogen Molecular Panel

One Sample, Many Tests in a Timely Manner

Madison Core Laboratories’ GI Pathogen Molecular Panel is a Molecular Diagnostic Panel that offers greater sensitivity, greater specificity, and a faster turnaround time. All this is from one sample.

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What are GI Pathogen Tests for?

In the United States alone, bacteria, viruses, and parasites cause over 100,000 hospital admissions and 3,000 deaths every year. The sooner a pathogen in a sick patient can be identified, the sooner treatment can commence.

What does a GI pathogen panel test for? It tests for a range of viruses, bacteria, and parasites that are known to cause GI illness.

Acute or chronic GI illnesses may be caused by viruses like noroviruses and rotaviruses. Bacteria such as E. coli, shigella, salmonella, clostridium, and campylobacter also cause GI illnesses that range from mild to life-threatening. Finally, parasites such as entamoeba, giardia, and Ascaris are responsible for GI diseases, particularly in people who travel to parts of the world where these parasites are more common.

Physicians order GI molecular pathogen testing for several types of illnesses:

  • Illnesses in immunocompromised patients
  • Illnesses in newborns, infants, and the elderly
  • GI problems in people with chronic diseases like HIV and cancer
  • Problems affecting the GI tract in people with comorbidities like chronic heart, liver, or kidney failure
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Diarrhea with blood
  • Illnesses in people who have recently traveled to other countries

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    Advantages of GI Pathogen Testing

    PCR testing for GI pathogens allows laboratories to test for multiple bacteria, viruses, and parasites from one sample. These testing panels are more sensitive than traditional culture testing, and they are more specific because they can identify which organism is causing the illness. Another advantage of PCR molecular GI pathogen testing is the quick turnaround time, especially compared to traditional culture testing.

    These significant advantages make PCR testing for GI pathogens extremely attractive to medical teams. Faster, more accurate testing enables quicker diagnosis and sooner treatment.

    Madison Core Laboratories’ rapid and accurate results identify a wide range of GI pathogens from a single sample. The single-swab approach eliminates the need for multiple collections. We can test for the following pathogens from a single sample:

    • Campylobacter jejuni
    • Clostridium difficle
    • Clostridium prefrinigens
    • Enterohemorrhagic
    • Escherichia coli
    • Salmonella enterica
    • Vibrio parahaemolyticus
    • Giardia lamblia
    • Cryptosporidium parvum
    • Norovirus 1
    • Norovirus 2

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