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The protein calprotectin can be used to test for inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.

Calprotectin Stool (Fecal) Test

This test measures the levels of calprotectin, a protein released by white blood cells, in your stool. Calprotectin is released in response to gastrointestinal (GI) inflammation. A stool sample test for calprotectin is often used as a screen for ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or infections of the GI tract. 

What is a Calprotectin Stool Test?

The Calprotectin Stool Test works by collecting and analyzing a fecal sample. You must get a specimen collection kit with collection instructions from the lab. Carefully follow the instructions on how to collect a stool sample for a calprotectin test. Specimens should be returned to the lab facility within 24 hours of sample collection. 

If the Calprotectin Stool Test is being done in conjunction with other urine or blood tests, it is recommended to collect those samples when you return the fecal sample to the lab. 

Why would my doctor order a Calprotectin Stool Test?

Your provider may order this test to determine whether gastrointestinal discomfort is due to an inflammatory or a non-inflammatory disease. Stool testing for calprotectin cannot diagnose a specific disease, only determine whether or not it is from an inflammatory disease. 

When should I order a Calprotectin Stool Test?

Your provider may wish to order a Calprotectin Stool Test if you’ve exhibited symptoms of an inflammatory GI disease, such as: 

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Weight loss
  • Rectal bleeding 

You must follow the collection kit directions very closely to take the Calprotectin Stool Test at home. 

How do I read the results of the test?

Once you receive the results of your test, you will need to consult with your provider. Only a medical professional can advise you on the healthy ranges of calprotectin in your body and help you develop a treatment plan if necessary. You can get an online consultation with a vetted, highly rated doctor through Tripment Health. 

Do my results change with age?

Age typically does not factor into the results of a calprotectin quantitative stool test.

What should I expect at my appointment?

To prepare for a Calprotectin Stool Test, your provider will issue a specimen container and specific collection instructions. Results from a stool sample test for calprotectin typically take 4-7 business days. 

How much does a Calprotectin Stool Test cost?

The cost of a Calprotectin Stool Test listed on Tripment Health is transparent and final – you will never be asked to pay additional fees at the testing facility, or receive a surprise bill down the road. 

Where can I find an affordable Calprotectin Stool Test near me?

Tripment Health has partnered with nearly 7,000 lab test facilities across 48 states. Finding a Calprotectin Stool Test, current procedural technology (cpt) code 16796, is easier than ever. Add the lab tests you need to your cart, then select a testing facility conveniently close to you.

FAQs 

How much stool is needed for a Calprotectin Stool Test? 

Typically, an amount of stool similar in size to a large pea is enough for this test. However, consult with the lab test facility if you have any questions, and follow the collection instructions very closely. 

What is the normal range of calprotectin in the stool? 

50–200 micrograms per milligram (μg/mg) is usually considered a normal range for calprotectin in the stool. However, it is important to consult with your provider to discuss your test results. 

Can you test hard stool for calprotectin?

Stool consistency does not impact the results of this test. 

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