Tests and Treatment

Full GI Panel

Our Full GI Panel consists of our Comprehensive Stool Analysis Test and our Swab Culture Test.  The combination of these two test provdies full coverage screening of all intestinal pathogens and is recommended for anyone experiencing GI symptoms. Please see details of each individual test and their relevant publications below.

Comprehensive Stool Analysis Test:

It provides a detailed analysis of all intestinal parasites (Protozoa, Trematodes, Tapeworms, Nematodes) from all 7 continents as well as an overview of other intestinal organisms including Candida, yeast, and other fungi.  See Dr. Amin’s article Understanding Parasites for informative background on parasitic infections and prevalence. Analysis of bio-indicators such as red and white blood cells, mucus, fatty acid crystals, starch granules, undigested tissue beneficial bacteria, epithelial cells, pollen, and charcot-leyden crystals is also included. Click on new publication for pictures and the signifigance of the bio-indicators.

Swab Culture Test:

Swabs are taken for culturing and analysis of bacterial and fungal infections. Sensitivity and resistance results are also included. The swab can be used for culturing stool, skin, or any other body parts or secretions. This test is highly recommended for patients with GI symptoms who have had negative stool tests for parasites, as the symptoms for pathogenic bacteria are very similar to those of parasitic infections. See a new publication in the Journal of Bacteriology and Parasitology by Dr. Amin. View another publication re: IBS and gut flora in the New England Journal of Medicine which attributes up to 20% of IBS to gut flora. That is before parasite screening, after a negative parasite test that number goes up dramatically.

Urine Test:

This test evaluates the presence of protozoan, worm (Shistosoma eggs), and bacteria. Anyone with abnormalities in the color and/or texture of urine especially after foreign travel should take this test.

Thin Blood Smear Test:

This test is run for patients with history of having been bitten by bloodsucking insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, lice, Triatoma bugs, or fleas looking for parasites such as malaria, Babesia, Trypanosoma, Wuchereria, Brugia, Loa, or Onchocerca. Additionally, metabolic dysfunctions such as vitamin deficiencies, free radical damage, pancreatic and liver disorders detectable from blood cell abnormalities are reported. Directions for making a thin blood film are available.

Parasite ID Test:

Any tissue samples, individual organisms, or material suspected to be of parasitic nature are identified.

Pinworm Test:

This test is highly recommended for patients experiencing anal itching with negative test results and with no other plausable cause to explain the itching.  Pinworms do not normally present themselves in the normal fecal flow as they gravitate to the peri-anal region especially at night. This is the only way to accurately test for pinworm presence.

Water Analysis Test

This test is used to evaluate the presence of water borne parasites as well as other parasites, bacteria, and fungus. The most common microscopic human parasites (Protozoa) are transmitted via drinking water contaminated with fecal material from infected persons. Approximately 1/4th of US households carry parasites in their water. Approximately 1/5th of US households supplied by surface water treatment plants carry parasites such as Cryptosporidum and Giardia. This test also screens for the amoebas and Schistosomiasis.

 

All of the above tests can be ordered here ONLINE from a Parasitologist at Parasitology Center Inc.

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