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The Calprotectin gastrointestinal test effectively distinguishes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). IBS and IBD often cause similar symptoms of abdominal pain, cramping, and chronic diarrhea, making an accurate diagnosis difficult. Calprotectin reliably differentiates IBS from IBD using a patient-friendly, non-invasive, stool test.
An invasive endoscopic/biopsy procedure is the gold-standard test used for patients presenting with symptoms that could indicate IBD. However, many patients undergoing invasive procedures are ultimately diagnosed with IBS, a non-inflammatory, functional disorder. Calprotectin offers several advantages:
Treatments guided by the use of fecal Calprotectin may reduce rates of invasive gastrointestinal procedures, unnecessary office visits, and therapeutic trials of prescription drugs that are often ineffective in patients with IBS.