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Gastrointestinal Health - Shiga Toxins, stool

Doctors DataSKU: A2793

Scientists have identified more than 150 shiga-toxin producing E. coli, which are associated with severe abdominal cramping, watery or bloody diarrhea, low-grade fever, vomiting and hemorrhagic colitis, which could progress to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), an important cause of acute renal failure in children and morbidity and mortality in adults. This test detects 100% of the serotypes produced by pathogenic strains...

Full Description

This test is useful for

  • E. coli Symptoms: Cramping, Diarrhea, Fever, Vomiting
  • Hemorrhagic Colitis
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

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Gastrointestinal Health

Clinical microbiology plays a crucial role in individual and community health. Because most microbes living on or within the body are beneficial, distinguishing those that are disease-producing is a critical function of a clinical microbiology laboratory.

Doctor's Data bridges traditional clinical microbiology with complementary medicine, providing world-class diagnostic microbiology testing that helps you assess digestive and absorptive functions, detect pathogens or parasites and identify specific bacteria and yeast. Through specimens collected from a variety of body sites and the use of advanced assays and technology, Doctor's Data determines what microorganisms are present and which may be causing infection. Our painstaking approach can help you select the most appropriate antimicrobial therapy and the comprehensive nature of our testing represents real value for your patients and practice.

Detailed Information

Shiga toxins are a family of related toxins with two major groups, Stx1 and Stx2 which are produced by S. dysenteriae and the Shigatoxigenic group of Escherichia coli (STEC). Pathogenic STEC are associated with severe abdominal cramping, watery or bloody diarrhea, low-grade fever, vomiting and more serious outbreaks of life-threatening hemorrhagic colitis and hemolytic uremic syndrome leading to kidney failure. This test detects 100% of the serotypes produced by pathogenic strains of E. coli, including E. coli O157:H7. STEC is a major cause of sporadic cases of disease as well as serious outbreaks worldwide. Major transmission modes include contaminated food or water, person-to-person spread in nursing homes, day care centers or other settings, or animal-to-person contact. The most common sources of infection by STEC include undercooked beef and beef products, as cattle are major carriers. Other wild and domestic animals, including birds, can also carry these bacteria. STEC and its Shiga toxins can be destroyed by heat. Food-borne outbreaks have been traced back to undercooked hamburgers, unpasteurized fruit juices, salad bars, salami and unpasteurized milk. STEC strains are usually self-limiting, lasting an average of about eight to ten days

Usage Directions

Before You Start:

Please read all of the directions, and familiarize yourself with the collection procedures. If you are taking antifungal or antibiotic medications, please finish the course of medication, and then wait three days before starting this collection.

Collection Instructions: here

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