Calprotectin (Crohn’s, IBS, IBD)
Your calprotectin check involves taking a small stool sample, using our simple collection kit, from the comfort of your own home. Once you’ve taken and returned the sample, our laboratory will analyse your sample to check the levels of faecal calprotectin.
Doctor Cullimore says “Around 1 in 5 people in the UK have IBS, and a further 300,000 people have Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis. A calprotectin test is usually the first port of call to help assess whether you may have a digestive issue. It’s easier and far less invasive than other methods such as colonoscopies or imaging studies, which your GP might call for if your result from this test comes back as raised. If your result is raised, it may indicate IBD or in some cases GI tract malignancy such as colorectal cancer. If you’ve noticed a change in the consistency of your stool, or you’re experiencing stomach cramps or pains, unexplained weight loss or you’re feeling generally unwell, you may want to take this test to rule out IBD.”
All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.