Enteric Pathogen Panel

Enteric Pathogen Panel is a test to determine whether you have an infection of your digestive tract due to disease-causing bacteria, parasites, or viruses.

The test might be urgent if the following cases occur.

  • when you have signs and symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and/or vomiting
  • when you have blood or mucus in your loose stools

To do the test, a fresh stool sample without urine or water is to be collected in a clean container.

A positive result:

The microbe is likely causing the signs and symptoms. If more than one result is positive, the person may be infected with more than one microbe (co-infection).

A negative result:

The microbes tested were not detected and the person’s signs and symptoms may be caused by a condition other than an infection or a pathogen that was not tested for.

If results are negative and symptoms persist and/or if suspicion of an infection remains high, then other tests may be done to help establish a diagnosis. An O&P exam may need to be performed as a follow-up test if a parasite that is not on the panel is suspected.

Keywords: Enteric Pathogen Panel, Gastrointestinal Pathogens Panel, GI Panel

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.