What will I Receive?
You will receive everything you need to carry out two tests.
What is Calprotectin and what does it test for?
Faecal calprotectin is a substance that is released into the intestines in excess when there is any inflammation there. Its presence can mean a person has an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
These conditions can cause very similar symptoms to irritable bowel syndrome. But, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can also cause symptoms serious enough for major surgery to be needed, so it’s important to distinguish between them and irritable bowel syndrome.
Many people with irritable bowel syndrome have unnecessary invasive hospital investigations before their condition is diagnosed. Using faecal calprotectin testing will mean most people with irritable bowel syndrome will be diagnosed without the need for these investigations.
What are the symptoms?
The main symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are similar. They include:
- abdominal (tummy) pain – this is more common in Crohn’s disease than in ulcerative colitis
- a change in bowel habits: urgent and/or bloody diarrhoea or (rarely) constipation
- weight loss
- extreme tiredness
Not everyone has all of these symptoms, and two individuals with the same condition can have very different symptoms. Some people may experience additional symptoms, including nausea and fever.
Pack contents include all items required to obtain and effect a result from which further medical diagnosis/treatment can be determined. This test is fully CE approved for medical/professional use. If any positive result is obtained it is important the patient seek immediate medical advice.
What do I get in this pack?
You will receive:
2 x Sample Diluent (solution) for Calprotectin
2 x Test Device
1 x Package insert