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Test ID: FCALP    

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.

< or =50 mcg/g


Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Calprotectin is a neutrophilic marker specific for inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. It is elevated with infection, post-infectious IBS, and NSAID enteropathy. Fecal calprotectin can be used to differentiate IBD vs. IBS, to monitor treatment in IBD, and to determine which patients should be referred for endoscopy and/or colonscopy. Levels between 50-120 should be repeated at 4-6 weeks and confirmed.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Commentary is provided to the practitioner for educational purposes,

and should not be interpreted as diagnostic or treatment recommend-

ations. Diagnosis and treatment decisions are the responsibility of

the practitioner.