The most common symptoms of GI infections are diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pains, but diarrhea — especially in older adults, children, and the immunocompromised — is of the utmost concern because of severe dehydration, which can be life-threatening.

GastroPath™ (Multiplex Gastro RT-PCR Pathogen Panel Testing)

Cultures, antigen tests, and colonoscopies have frequently been conducted by physicians in conjunction to diagnose GI infections. These types of diagnostic tests have often been inconclusive in detecting the pathogen(s) causing the GI symptoms, not to mention being time-consuming and invasive. A quick and accurate diagnosis is vital in preventing the spread of the infection and killing it.

Our RT-PCR GastroPath™ panel is critical in saving time in the diagnosis and treatment processes. As several pathogens from our large molecular diagnostic testing menu are tested all at once, specimen samples are resulted 6-8 hours from when our lab receives the specimen and the identification of antibiotic resistance genes allows physicians to practice precision medicine by giving the relevant data needed for prescribing the correct medication for that specific infection.

Clinical Relevance & Advantages

  • Prevents Delays in Diagnosis & Treatment (6-8 hrs From Lab Arrival)
  • Tests for bacterial, parasitic, and viral pathogens
  • Reduces the spread of infection
  • Detects polymicrobial infections simultaneously
  • Identifies Antibiotic Resistant Genes
  • Allows for Precision Medicine through Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotics
  • Limits unnecessary exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotics
  • Unaffected by the use of current medications such as antibiotics
  • Cost savings from earlier diagnosis

NCF Diagnostics & DNA Technologies now offers our GastroPath™ test kit to physicians for fecal specimen collection in a sterile cotton swab. The specimen is then submitted for Real-Time PCR analysis to identify the pathogen species and its specific quantity.

Specifically, the GastroPath™ panel tests for a total of 30 microbial species and pathogens, including:

Viruses: 1. Adenovirus, 2. Norovirus, 3. Rotavirus

Bacteria: 1. Aeromonas hydrophila, 2. Bacteroides fragilis, 3. Campylobacter jejuni/coli, 4. Clostridium difficile & Toxin A/B, 5. Enteroaggregative E. coli-EAEC, 6. Enteroinvasive E. coli-EIEC, 7. Enteropathogenic E. coli-EPEC, 8. Enterotoxigenic E. coli-ETEC, 9. Shigatoxigenic E. coli-STEC, 10. Escherichia coli, Escherichia coli-0157:H7., 11. Helicobacter pylori, 12. Listeria monocytogenes, 13. Plesiomonas shigelloides, 14. Salmonella enterica, 15. Shigella, 16. Staphylococcus aureus, 17. Vibrio cholerae & Toxin ctxA, 18. Yersinia enterocolitica

Parasites: 1. Ascaris lumbricoides, 2. Blastocystis, 3. Cryptosporidium, 4. Cyclospora cayetanensis, 5. Dientamoeba fragilis, 6. Entamoeba histolytica, 7. Enterobius vermicularis, 8. Giardia lamblia, 9. Trichuris

ResistantPath: 1. mecA, 2. mcr-1, 3. tetM, 4. tetS, 5. vanA, 6. vanB & 7. sul1

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