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Stool testing for digestive problems

Reviewed by Dr. Sarika Arora, MD

Many labs do not provide an effective stool analysis. Many women are frustrated when a conventional stool test comes back “normal” while they are suffering from chronic digestive problems. Fortunately, a more thorough test is often all that’s needed to explain these women’s gastrointestinal symptoms.

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Two different tests done by a select group of labs may be helpful. The first is the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) that evaluates the stool for malabsorption, yeast, parasites, pH imbalance, and bacterial overgrowth. The second is a Comprehensive Parasitology Test (CP x2) with a purge, which is a more detailed test for parasites.

While not routine procedures at hospitals or conventional doctors’ offices, these two tests are crucial for identifying the root cause of GI distress and should be undertaken even if a standard stool test has revealed no abnormalities. We recommend the following labs for thorough stool analysis:

Genovix : 1-800-522-4762
Diagnos-Techs : 1-800-878-3787
Doctor’s Data : 1-800-323-2784
Parasitology Center : 1-480-767-2522

You may contact these labs directly or request that your healthcare provider order these tests on your behalf.

Last Updated: July 5, 2021
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