Rapid detection of
intestinal pathogens

Fast results when you
need them most

Rapid, multiplex panel detection of the most common agents of bacterial, viral, and parasitic enteric infections directly from stool specimens is sensitive, specific, and provides same-day results, eliminating the need for culture, antigen testing, microscopy, or individual nucleic acid amplification tests.

The gastrointestinal pathogen panel is a multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test capable of rapidly and qualitatively detecting DNA or RNA of 22 pathogens (13 bacteria, 5 viruses, and 4 parasites).

Rapid detection

Test results are available the same day that specimens are received. This is consistent 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Comprehensive and consolidative

Detection of 22 bacterial, viral, and parasitic pathogens in a single orderable eliminates the need for culture, antigen testing, microscopy, or individual nucleic acid amplification tests. 

Cost effective

In situations where multiple tests would otherwise be performed, this test often provides a more cost-effective option.

Who should be tested?

Patients with:

  • Community-acquired diarrhea for seven or more days
  • Travel-related diarrhea
  • Warning signs or risk factors for severe disease, such as fever, bloody diarrhea, dysentery, severe abdominal pain, dehydration, hospitalization, or immunocompromised state

Who should NOT be tested?

Patients with:

  • Diarrhea for fewer than seven days
  • Chronic diarrhea for multiple months
  • Testing for Clostridium difficile only

Which test should I order?

Appropriate use of gastrointestinal pathogen panel by PCR

Infectious diarrhea is a common and usually self-limited illness. While most patients with infectious causes of diarrhea will get better on their own, there are certain scenarios in which testing is indicated.

Learn more about how to order this evaluation at your institution.