Comprehensive Parasitology Profile (CP)

Why Use the Comprehensive Parasitology Profile?

The Comprehensive Parasitology profile is a non-invasive stool test that evaluates the presence of parasites, beneficial bacteria, imbalanced gut flora, pathogenic bacteria, and yeast. This sensitive stool test is ideal for patients with sudden changes in bowel pattern, especially for those who have recently traveled, been camping, or may have had exposure to untreated water. The Comprehensive Parasitology Profile test can help reveal hidden causes behind acute or chronic conditions that may develop from parasitic infection or an impaired or imbalanced gut microbiome.

The Comprehensive Parasitology Profile allows clinicians to identify parasitic infections, as well as microbial imbalances, and to target treatment protocols that can help rebalance the gut and resolve infection.

Effective for Patients Experiencing:

  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Cramps
  • Gas and/or bloating
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Infections requiring antibiotic therapy

About the Comprehensive Parasitology Profile:

The Comprehensive Parasitology profile is an at-home-collection stool test and uses two complementary methodologies for parasite identification:

  1. Microscopic examination of stool specimens for ova and parasites (O&P), the gold standard of diagnosis for many parasites
  2. Enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for the identification of:
    • Cryptosporidium
    • Entamoeba histolytica
    • Giardia lamblia

In addition, using proven culture techniques and sophisticated MALDI-TOF technology for rapid identification of cultured organisms, the Comprehensive Parasitology profile evaluates for:

  1. Beneficial Bacteria
    • Lactobacillusspecies
    • Escherichia coli
    • Bifidobacterium
  2. Additional Bacteria
    • Organisms that constitute normal aerobic flora or commensal flora, and have not been recognized as agents of disease, but which have potential in some clinical circumstances to be opportunistic or known pathogens
  3. Mycology
    • Yeasts and molds, which may be normal inhabitants of human gut, but which may also overgrow to levels that can result in symptoms

Test Type: Stool Test

Analyte List
Bacteriology Culture, aerobic
Bacteriology Culture, aerobic x 3
Bacteriology Culture, anaerobic
Cryptosporidium EIA
Entamoeba histolytica
Giardia lamblia EIA
Parasite Identification, Concentrate Prep
Parasite Identification, Trichrome Stain
Yeast Culture
CPT Codes  
Bacteriology Culture, aerobic 87045
Bacteriology Culture, aerobic x 3 87046
Bacteriology Culture, anaerobic 87075
Cryptosporidium EIA 87328
Entamoeba histolytica 87336
Giardia lamblia EIA 87329
Parasite Identification, Concentrate Prep 87177
Parasite Identification, Trichrome Stain 87209
Yeast Culture 87102
Specimen Requirements
5cc random stool, purge, or swab in each vial - 3 SAFs, 1 Cary/Blair