Gastroenteritis Screening Panel (Stool- Routine & Culture and Rotavirus Antigen Detection)

A Gastroenteritis Screening Panel includes tests to detect infectious agents that may cause gastroenteritis. This typically includes a stool routine examination, stool culture, and Rotavirus antigen detection. Gastroenteritis, often referred to as stomach flu, is an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach, and small intestine. It can be caused by a variety of infectious agents, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

Rotavirus is one of the most common causes of severe diarrhea in children. A stool routine and culture can identify a broad range of other infectious agents. This comprehensive testing approach allows for an accurate diagnosis, helping guide appropriate treatment and prevent spread.

Profile Name Gastroenteritis Screening Panel (Stool- Routine & Culture and Rotavirus Antigen Detection)
Sample Type Stool
Preparations Required For this test, you need to collect a fresh stool sample. The laboratory will provide a special container for this. It is important not to contaminate the sample with urine or water. The sample must be delivered to the laboratory as soon as possible, ideally within 2 hours.
Report Time 5 days
Price in Hyderabad ₹ 1800

What is the Gastroenteritis Screening Panel?

This panel includes several tests that can identify infectious agents causing gastroenteritis. It typically includes a stool routine and culture and a test to detect Rotavirus, one of the most common causes of severe diarrhea in children.

Why is this test important?

The Gastroenteritis Screening Panel can help diagnose the cause of diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting, and other symptoms of gastroenteritis. Identifying the cause is important for appropriate treatment and preventing the spread of infection.

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How is the test performed?

The test requires a fresh stool sample. It is then analyzed in the laboratory for signs of infection, such as the presence of bacteria, viruses, or parasites.

What do the test results mean?

A positive result indicates the presence of an infectious agent that could be causing your symptoms. A negative result suggests that your symptoms may be due to something other than an infectious disease.

What happens after the test?

Your doctor will discuss the test results with you. Depending on the results, treatment may involve antibiotics for bacterial infections or rehydration for viral infections. If the cause is a parasite, anti-parasitic medication may be prescribed.

What are the risks of the test?

There are minimal risks associated with providing a stool sample. It is a non-invasive test that does not involve any pain or discomfort.

What are the normal values for this test?

In a healthy person, no infectious agents or their antigens should be found in the stool.

Which doctor should I consult if my test results are abnormal?

You should consult a gastroenterologist or an infectious disease specialist if your test results are abnormal. They can interpret your results and recommend appropriate treatment.

Is fasting required for the test?

No, fasting is not required for this test.

What symptoms may warrant a Gastroenteritis Screening Panel?

If you have symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or cramps, your doctor may recommend this test.

How often should this test be done?

This test is typically performed when a person has symptoms of gastroenteritis. It is not a routine test and does not need to be repeated unless symptoms persist or return.

Can medications affect the test results?

Certain medications, such as antibiotics, can affect the results of this test. Be sure to inform your doctor about any medications you are taking.

What are nonmodifiable factors affecting the test?

Nonmodifiable factors include age and immunity. For instance, children and the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems, are more susceptible to gastroenteritis.

What are modifiable factors affecting the test?

Modifiable factors include hygiene and food handling practices, which can greatly impact the risk of gastroenteritis.

Can certain foods affect the test results?

While certain foods can cause gastroenteritis, they do not directly affect the results of the test. However, if a person has eaten food that has caused food poisoning, this could result in a positive test result.

Understanding the cause of gastroenteritis is key to managing the condition effectively and preventing its spread. Whether it's a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection, appropriate treatment can alleviate symptoms and speed recovery. Remember, maintaining good hygiene practices is paramount in preventing gastroenteritis. Always consult with your doctor for any questions or concerns regarding your health.

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