Gastrointestinal Disease Testing
Experiencing stomach aches? Something not quite right? You may need GI disease testing.
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is made up of several organs and pathways that help your body metabolize the foods and drinks you consume. It starts with your mouth, travels down your esophagus into your stomach, and exits after traveling your small and large intestines.
With such a large amount of ground to cover, it’s not uncommon for something to go wrong!
Occasional discomfort in the GI tract is normal – gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea are not uncommon. Many also experience indigestion on occasion. However, experiencing these side effects frequently, especially if you cannot pinpoint the cause, may warrant a call to the doctor.
Testing for GI Disease
There’s not a single simple test that can determine if you have GI disease on its own. However, there are several blood tests that may be used to give clues about what’s going wrong:
- Pathogens panel – may pick up if you have a parasite or bacteria
- Liver panel
- Celiac disease testing
- CBC or CMP
We also offer an indigestion panel if you need a starting place to see if something’s wrong:
- CMP14, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
- H-pylori, Helicobacter pylori Antibodies, IgG
You should work with a doctor, primary care physician, or gastroenterologist to determine what’s causing you discomfort. They will likely want to do additional testing like a physical exam or potential endoscopy procedures.
If you need a convenient, trusted, and affordable place to get your labs drawn, please contact us.