Gastrointestinal Pathogen Testing

Testing at ARUP Laboratories

The spectrum of pathogens that can cause GI infections; bacteria, parasites and viruses, requires an assortment of classical detection methods (culture, antigen EIA, stool parasite microscopy) in order to target and identify the causative agent. Many of these classical methods suffer from variable specificity and sensitivity, and are often poorly utilized due to a lack of physician understanding of the intended use for each method. Multiplex molecular tests allow for several of the most common GI pathogens to be tested at once, while providing improved analytical specificity and sensitivity versus most classical methodologies.