Explaining the Use of Stool Tests in Crohn’s and IBD Care

Explaining the Use of Stool Tests in Crohn’s and IBD Care
Testing of stool, or feces, can be helpful when monitoring disease activity in Crohn's disease and IBD. These tests can indicate if inflammation or internal bleeding is present and assist your healthcare team with disease management and treatment decisions. Doctors will typically order blood and stool sample testing before deciding to book invasive procedures such as capsule and upper endoscopies and colonoscopies. Your healthcare provider will order one of two types of stool tests: fecal occult blood and fecal calprotectin. You will be given a container, gloves, and a "hat" to enable you to collect a sample at home. When collected, samples are usually returned to your doctor's clinic before being sent to a laboratory for testing. When you're collecting your sample, avoid touching the inside of the container or blowing air into it, as this can add bacteria to the sample and cause false results.

The fecal occult blood test

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