Faecal Calprotectin

Department:
Biochemistry

Time Limit for Add on Tests:
N/A

Target Turnaround time:
2 weeks

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Availability:
Referred to Royal Devon & Exeter Laboratory

Sample Type:
Stool sample (faeces)
Minimum quantity: 2 scoops (scoop connected to sample cap)
Maximum quantity: container half full

Result Interpretation:
Positive:
FC greater than or equal to 100 ug/g faeces, referral to Gastroenterology is recommended.
Negative:
FC<50 ug/g faeces, IBD unlikely- consider primary care IBS management.
Indeterminate:
FC 50-99 ug/g faeces, if symptoms persist re-test FC. If on re-test FC greater than or equal to 50 ug/g faeces referral to Gastroenterology is recommended

Test Usage:
Calprotectin is used to detect intestinal inflammation; to distinguish between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and non-inflammatory bowel conditions (e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS). It is also used to monitor IBD activity.

This test may be requested via ordercomms, and may be blocked depending on answers given at requesting  (e..g age of patient, clinical symptoms). If you have any difficulties or queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact the clinical biochemist.

Last updated: November 19, 2020