GI-MAP Stool Test

More than ever before, we are keenly aware of the health benefits or disease risks brought about by the microorganisms that inhabit the human body. Culture techniques, previously the standard, left up to 50% of bacterial species virtually invisible. Because most of the bacteria of the GI tract are anaerobes, culture-based methods cannot cultivate them which leaves a large blind spot for clinicians when trying to diagnose the source of infection.

The GI-MAP was designed to detect microbes that may be disturbing normal microbial balance or contributing to illness as well as indicators of digestion, absorption, inflammation, and immune function.

Here’s a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding the lab test kit.

Step 1 – Please write your name and date of birth on the capped vial.

Step 2 – If possible, void urine prior to collecting stool. Collect stool by passing stool onto collection tray.

Step 3 – Using the spoon attached to the cap of the vial, spoon stool from different areas of the sample into the vial. Fill vial to the red fill line. Just over half full.

Step 4 – Carefully mix stool and fluid with the spoon. Replace cap tightly and shake vial vigorously for 30 seconds.

Step 5 – Place cap vial into ziplock specimen bag along with absorbent pad. Seal the bag. Place the specimen bag with the sample vial into the kit box.

Step 6 – Fill out the Test Requisition Form completely if shipping yourself. If you have not informed us that you plan to ship the specimen yourself, bring your completed test to our office and we will help you with the shipping information and provide you with the Requisition Form.

No. Please continue taking all medications as directed by your doctor.

If you only spilled a small amount, you can still use the vial. Be sure to only fill the vial to the RED fill line. If you spilled a large amount or you feel you need a new vial, please contact our office for a replacement vial.

Click here to learn more about the test, and please call our office with any questions.

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