Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.
Human lactoferrin is secreted by most mucosal membranes and is a major component of polymorphonuclear leukocytes during an inflammatory response. During intestinal inflammation, leukocytes migrate to the mucosa and infiltrate the intestinal lumen, increasing the level of fecal lactoferrin. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is comprised of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s
disease, both of which are highly inflammatory and are diagnosed by ruling out infectious agents and other potential causes of inflammation. This test for the qualitative detection of elevated levels of fecal lactoferrin can help to identify patients with active IBD and rule out those with active irritable bowel syndrome, which does not involve intestinal inflammation. This test can also be used as an indicator of inflammatory diarrhea caused by the presence of a bacterial pathogen. A positive test result indicates that the specimen contains elevated levels of lactoferrin.
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